Consumers attracted to diamond jewelry more than ever

Ali Pastorini is the co-owner of Del Lima Jewelry and President of Mujeres Brillantes, an association which brings together more than 1,000 women working in the gold and diamond trading sector, mainly from Latin America, as well as from Turkey, Spain...

21 september 2020

WDC actively supports initiatives from mine to retail; and also strives for support for the artisanal and small-scale miners - Edward Asscher, President, World Diamond Council

A member of one of the diamond industry and Amsterdam’s most well-known families, Edward Asscher was elected President of the World Diamond Council in June 2020 for a two-year term. Asscher is serving a second time as WDC President, having led the organization...

14 september 2020

Diamonds are one of the few things that have held human fascination in every nook and cranny of the world across time

Dr Usha R. Balakrishnan, a preeminent historian of Indian jewellery based in Mumbai, is Chief Curator of the World Diamond Museum. Being the author and co-author of several volumes of Diamonds Across Time, a new book and an important venture launched...

11 september 2020

Botswana Diamonds to bulk sample KX36 kimberlite, sees commercial potential

Botswana Diamonds recently acquired Petra Diamonds’ exploration assets in Botswana for $300000. The assets that were owned by Petra through its wholly-owned Sekaka Diamonds Exploration, include the KX36 project, a 3.5 hectare kimberlite that was a new...

07 september 2020

Indian diamond industry looks for recovery options

Webinars being the order of the day due to COVID-19 crisis, the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India organized a virtual meeting under its UNCUT 2020 Webinar series on 17 August 2020, inviting all stakeholders to discuss...

31 august 2020

Botswana Diamonds offers to buy BCL's 51pct stake in Maibwe

09 june 2018
Botswana Diamonds said it has offered to buy the liquidated BCL Mine’s 51 percent stake in the Maibwe diamonds exploration joint venture project, which is located in the central Kalahari region of the southern African country.
The Maibwe JV consists of a block of 10 licences and Botswana Diamonds’ 51 percent owned Siseko, currently has a 29 percent stake in the project.
The other partner in Maibwe was local consortium Future Minerals, which owns a 20 percent stake.
Company managing director James Campbell told the Botswana Resource Sector Conference in Gaborone that they are hoping to get the liquidator’s response in the next few months.
BCL had been under liquidation since 2016 and was unable to finance an agreed work plan.
A diamond drilling conducted in 2015 on PL 186 found a number of diamondiferous kimberlites.

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