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Botswana Diamonds’ Campbell on Zim jaunt: We are interested in Kaapvaal Craton

Botswana Diamonds and Vast Resources, recently signed a memorandum of understanding to prospect for diamonds in Zimbabwe. The two companies will exchange information derived from past exploration on areas prospective for diamonds in the southern African...

09 july 2018

“Every Forevermark diamond has a unique inscription number which is an assurance that the diamond is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced,” says Sachin Jain

Sachin Jain, President-Forevermark, joined the company - a wholly owned subsidiary of the De Beers Group - as the Head of Retail in 2010. He was swiftly promoted to the Managing Director in 2011… to later become the President in year 2013. Sachin started...

02 july 2018

In a world where transparency is more and more the standard, our business must address the lab grading issue willingly

Jeweler-Designer Arnaud Flambeau started his career in the jewelry business in 1993 at European Gold Company CLAL as Key Account Manager for the Jewelry Division, where he was in charge of international brands like Cartier or VCA and their subcontractors...

25 june 2018

Vallabhbhai Shamjibhai Patel tells about the ongoing construction of the Surat Diamond Bourse

The under-construction Surat Diamond Bourse (SDB) is India's second diamond trading hub based at Surat, Gujarat, spread across 35.54 acres with more than 4,000 offices for national & international traders. On the onset, the project which...

18 june 2018

The strategy of regulating the Russian jewellery industry

At the General Meeting of the Russian Jewellers Guild Association held in April, two principally important documents were adopted: The Strategy of Regulating the Jewellery Industry of Russia and The Charter of a Good Faith Taxpayer. Besides, the issues...

13 june 2018

Tsodilo recovers 101 diamonds at BK16 project

16 april 2018
Tsodilo Resources said it recovered 101 diamonds, representing 18.571 carats from samples by an independent diamond classifier, at its BK16 kimberlite project in Botswana.
The stones were recovered following the sorting of the first X-ray concentrate samples from both the large diameter drilling (LDD) samples and the historical tailings samples which were used for commissioning and calibrating the dense media separation (DMS) plant, it said.
The X-ray sorter machine, which commissioned earlier this year, had to date sorted 56 of the drilled out concentrate samples, representing 925 kg of (DMS) concentrate.
The diamondiferous BK16 kimberlite pipe was about 6 hectares in size at surface and was also known to contain rare and valuable Type IIa diamonds.
Tsodilo said the stones recovered so far were similar in appearance to those diamonds that had been recovered from previous operations which were all classified as D, E and F colours with a high percentage of Type II stones.
Final diamond counts and initial weights would be compiled once all samples had been processed, sorted, and a thorough tailings re-treatment audit had been carried out, it said.

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

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