Platinum’s rare nature gives it additional value and appeal

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Marco Carniello: We want to continue to be the engine boosting the jewellery industry

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06 september 2021

There is a significant need for smart and technological financial solutions in the diamond industry

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The future for synthetics lies in that it has become possible to grow a stone you want and make what you want out of it

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De Beers’ GemFair ropes in more than 160 Sierra Leone artisanal miners

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Lucapa mulls Aim-listing despite uncertainty over Brexit

05 july 2016
Lucapa Diamonds is considering a listing on London’s Aim despite the uncertainty caused by Brexit.
The Australian company said that it made “good logical sense” to come to London as it expands its operation.
“The capital markets here are very knowledgeable about diamonds and about investing in Africa,” Lucapa chief executive Stephen Wetherall was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
“An Aim listing is an option we’re considering, and that’s why I’m here, to see what the appetite is.”
He said the response from investors had been very positive although the outcome of the UK’s vote to leave the EU had him wondering “is it still worth me coming?”
“Life goes on, people have got capital and they want to invest,” he said.
“And in fact Brexit seems to have settled some share prices down to a level that makes them very attractive.”
Lucapa recently started a drilling programme to identify primary kimberlite sources of the large, high value alluvial diamonds being recovered from the Lulo diamond project in Angola.
The drilling programme to test “high-priority” kimberlite targets was currently underway at the L259 kimberlite target where previous gravity and ground electromagnetic surveys identified a 78-108 hectare body consistent with a weathered near-surface expression of a kimberlite pipe.
Other proximal kimberlites set to be drilled include L13, L15, E217 and L248.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished