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...

Yesterday

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

Zim drops requirement for foreign mines to list locally – report

06 june 2018
Zimbabwe's Parliament has passed amendments to the mining bill, which dropped clauses that forced foreign mining companies to list locally, according to Reuters citing an official record of Parliament's debates.
New mines minister Winston Chitando had last month promised to get rid of the requirements, which he said caused anxiety among foreign mining firms.
The amendments to the mining bill paved way for the mines minister, after consulting with the president, to designate any mineral as strategic if "it would be in the interests of the development of the mining industry."
Designating a mineral as strategic would grant the government greater control over mining of that mineral, according to Reuters.
The mining bill will also officially recognise small-scale miners, who produce more than 40 percent of Zimbabwe's gold output.

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