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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

Nature gave Russia a soccer ball shaped diamond

09 july 2018

ALROSA, the largest mining company in the world, announced the recovery of a diamond in the shape of a soccer ball. The stone was mined on July 4 at Karinsky-1 pipe in Arkhangelskaya region. It was developed by ALROSA’s subsidiary Severalmaz. The diamond weights 0.5 ct and reaches 3.5 x 3.2 mm in size.

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Image credit: ALROSA


“Despite its small size, this is a unique founding. Nature creates different strange forms, but we recovered a soccer ball shaped diamond for the first time,” said ALROSA CEO Sergey Ivanov.
The Governor of Arkhangelsky region, where the stone was recovered, suggested that they name the stone “Igor Akinfeev” to honor the goalkeeper of Russian National Football team. “Noteworthy is that the diamond was found on the eve of the quarter-finals, which our team reached thanks largely to a brilliant game of Igor Akinfeev,” said the Head of the region Igor Orlov.

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