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...

20 august 2018

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

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