Vladimir Zboykov: New times have come for jewelers

How a personal collection of minerals was thrown on the scrap-heap, who is behind the destruction of gemstone consumption culture in Russia and why jewelers will soon have to choose between business and prison – all this was told to Rough & Polished...


Changing preconceptions in the diamond and financial markets

Eli Avidar is a man on the move…literally. In April, the former Israeli diplomat stepped away from the CEO’s office at the Israel Diamond Exchange, a position he had held for more than two years, and from the Israel Diamond Institute, where he had been...

13 august 2018

Chasing a dream…

Elina Chan, MD of Shenzhen Shi Qing Yu Zhubao Ltd completed her higher education from Xiamen University and Master’s degree from Hong Kong University. To achieve her dream to start a business, Elina gave up numerous job opportunities in Hong Kong and...

06 august 2018

Pangolin Diamonds using termites to find kimberlite indicators in Botswana

It is not a secret that the rate of kimberlite discovery in Botswana has dropped considerably and research has shown that termites can help diamond explorers have an understanding of the transport mechanism of kimberlite indicator minerals from the kimberlite...

30 july 2018

In another fifty years, we’ll have a different scale of valuation, and all those items of natural origin – including diamonds – will sharply increase in price

Within the framework of the Qatar-Russia 2018 Year of Culture, the World Diamond Museum hosts an exhibition of the Qatar Museums at the State Historical Museum in Moscow – "Pearls: Treasures of the Seas and the Rivers," that opened on 11 July...

24 july 2018

Lucapa discovers more diamonds at Brooking project

15 january 2018

Lucapa Diamond Company said it recovered more diamonds at its 80 percent-owned Brooking project, in Western Australia.
The company, which also has stakes in Angola’s Lulo project and Lesotho’s Mothae project, said 119 diamonds, including seven macro-diamonds of up to 1.0mm were recovered from microdiamond analysis of 86.8kg of core sample from the one hole drilled at Little Spring Creek prospect.
Little Spring Creek was located within 50km of the Ellendale diamond mine, which, when in production, produced more than 50 percent of the world’s annual supply of fancy yellow diamonds.
Lucapa said Little Spring Creek results enhanced the prospectivity of the other proximal targets at Brooking where diamonds and indicator minerals were also recovered in previous surface sampling programs.
 “The high concentrations of micro-diamonds and macro-diamonds recovered from the Little Spring Creek drill core sample is extremely encouraging and the counts are very similar to the MIDA results from the Ellendale E9 and E4 diamond pipes 50km west in the West Kimberley lamproite field,” said Lucapa managing director Stephen Wetherall.
Lamproite pipes were a known host of diamonds in the West Kimberley region.
Wetherall said the objective of the drilling programme was to identify lamproitic material from targets identified during earlier surface sampling.

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