Russia in the global market of coloured gemstones: rough semi-precious stones

In this review of Russia’s role in the global market of coloured jewellery stones, the talk is about the rough semi-precious stones. According to the customs nomenclature, this is code 710310 - “Precious stones (other than diamonds) and semi-precious...


Rare earth elements are strategic metals of the future

Rare earth elements (REEs), rare earth metals (REMs), rare earth metal oxides, rare earths - these are the names of 17 metals of the future the world powers are competing for. It is referred to, in particular, scandium, yttrium and 15...

19 september 2022

Africa must stake its claim for share of $160bn a year in green metals investment

( - Unless there’s a doubling in capital expenditure by the world’s mining companies, the world has virtually no chance of limiting global warming to 1.5oC as targeted in the Paris Agreement. That’s the key finding in a June report by Bank of America (BoA)...


Diamonds are Forever

( - Forged miles beneath the earth’s crust. Eternal—or as close as we get in this vale of tears. Objects of endless fascination and avarice, the diamond is at times witness to bloody conflict in its production and exchange (more on that below). Diamonds...

23 september 2022

Shanghai's nickel twist risks more market fracture: Andy Home

( - The London Metal Exchange's (LME) controversial suspension of its nickel contract in March didn't just impact trading in London. In the immediate aftermath of the LME intervention, the Shanghai Futures Exchange (ShFE) was forced...

22 september 2022

Some EU States push for Russian diamond ban


The European Union must stop importing diamonds from Russia, five of the bloc's 27 countries said in a joint proposal seen by Reuters. The EU, which has so far implemented six rounds of sanctions since Russia needs unanimity to agree any such ban that Belgium - home to the world's biggest diamond trading hub Antwerp - has rejected in the past.

Two people still missing after collapse of dam wall at SA disused diamond mine


Two people are reportedly still missing following the collapse of a dam wall at the Jagersfontein diamond mine. One person died from the deluge, which also damaged property and polluted rivers.

Glencore to acquire Newmont’s stake In MARA project


Glencore International AG and Newmont Corporation announced they have reached an agreement in which Glencore will acquire Newmont’s 18.75% shareholding in the MARA Project. Following completion of the transaction, Glencore will own 43.75% of MARA, reports.

Zeb Nickel drilling reveals high gold mineralisation at SA project


Zeb Nickel has found the presence of anomalously high gold mineralisation on the Zebediela Project in Limpopo South Africa. It said gold mineralisation on the project is related to the Pietersburg Greenstone Belt, which hosts the historical Eersteling Gold Mine.

Massive appetite for platinum bullion by North American investors in 2022


Investment products bars and coins guaranteeing the purity of 99.95 per cent are in high demand by North American investors in the year 2022. Investment in platinum bullion also reassures investors in terms of provenance and quality.

India Gem & Jewellery Show is set to garner exponential sales this festive season

23 september 2022

The Diwali Edition of the Gem & Jewellery Show (GJS), to be held from 22 to 25 September was inaugurated on 22 September 2022, by the Guest of Honour Shri Rajeev Garg, Joint Commissioner of Income-tax at Bombay Exhibition Center (NESCO), Mumbai.

Cancel approval of Jagersfontein open-pit backfilling – geologist

23 september 2022

South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA)’s decision to allow the backfilling of the Jagersfontein diamond mining pit with waste from a second compartment of the tailings dam to avoid another dam wall collapse has been opposed.

India’s C&P diamond export dips by 7.48% in Aug 2022; while rough import increases by 12.49%

23 september 2022

The gross exports of Cut & Polished diamonds at $ 1879.74 mn in August 2022 shows a decline of 7.48% as compared to $2031.64 mn for the same month of the previous year, according to data released by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India (GJEPC).

“The global diamond industry must now learn to steer clear of this obstructive and outdated “blood/conflict diamond” terminology,” says Dr M’zee Fula Ngenge, Chairman, African Diamond Council

Dr M'zée Fula Ngenge, the Chairman of the African Diamond Council (ADC), a Mining Engineer and highly respected Senior Strategy Advisor celebrated 40 years in the global diamond industry this year. He acts as a professional liaison within...


Anglo American Platinum makes significant investments in SA’s hydrogen economy

Anglo American Platinum continues to make significant investments in South Africa’s hydrogen economy, according to a company spokesperson. The Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) miner’s external communication principal Nomonde Ndwalaza told Rough&Polished’s...

19 september 2022

Ellen Joncheere: I am launching a new initiative to support young designers globally

Ellen Joncheere, CEO of HRD Antwerp, in an exclusive interview with Rough&Polished told about the history of the HRD Design Awards and its new, 18th edition.

12 september 2022

Hari Krishna Exports eyes untapped diamond jewellery markets

Ghanshyam Dholakia, born in a farmers’ family in a remote village Dudhala in Gujarat was inspired along with his siblings by his father to follow their destiny and this led them to Surat city - a world of opportunities! In the early seventies, Ghanshyam’s...

05 september 2022

There truly is a shift of interest of the masses in LGDs

Shashikanth Dalichand Shah, Chairman of Lab Grown Diamond & Jewelry Promotion Council (LGDJPC), has been promoting the lab-grown diamond and jewellery sector for the past few years spreading awareness of lab-grown diamonds and helping and educating...

29 august 2022