The Grib Diamond Mine: Geology, Ecology and Industrial Safety

Gennady Piven, First Deputy General Manager of AGD Diamonds JSC, talks about his work at the diamond fields in Yakutia and in the Arkhangelsk Province.

10 december 2018

I have a dream to see India become a world leader in high-end jewellery manufacturing - Sanjay Kothari

An industry leader who needs no introduction to the gem and jewellery industry is Sanjay Kothari…the former chairman of the GJEPC of India has held various positions in the Council including being Convener-Exhibitions for many years before becoming Convener-Promotions...

03 december 2018

Style always reflects culture

Reena Ahluwalia is a multifaceted artist …an award-winning jewelry designer, diamond painter, professor, speaker and a community builder and more. Recognized as one of the Top Masters of Jewelry Design and art in Canada, she has been creating jewelry...

26 november 2018

Botswana Diamonds’ Campbell on Alrosa exit: no exploration JV lasts forever

Botswana Diamonds is currently in talks with a major diamond producer interested in taking over a stake in Sunland Minerals previously owned by Alrosa. The Sunland joint venture was established in 2014 to test existing Alrosa exploration technology on...

19 november 2018

If real gems are replaced by artificial stones, it is not the difference in value that sellers may cheat you out, but the very idea that you are to obtain along with a jewelry piece made from a genuine stone

Elena Titova is the Director of the All-Russian Decorative Art Museum. The museum, which she heads, was founded fairly recently (less than 40 years ago), but it is one of the most popular and stylish museums of Moscow, famous, among other things...

12 november 2018

Namibia diamond mining to grow 11 pct this year before 2019 slowdown

12 july 2018
Bank of Namibia said the country’s diamond mining is expected to maintain a high growth level this year before contracting in 2019 due to depletion of onshore diamond deposits.
The industry was projected to grow by 10.9 percent this year compared with 12 percent slowdown in 2017 and contract by 5.3 percent next year, it said in a report.
“In this regard, the Elizabeth Bay mine near Lüderitz is expected to close down because it has not generated any profits in recent years,” the central bank said.
“DebMarine Namibia is expected to increase output significantly in the medium term, keeping the growth outlook for diamond mining positive from 2021 going forward.”
Reuters reported last January that Namdeb, a joint venture between Namibia’s government and De Beers, was set to retrench about 130 of its 1,700-strong workforce on a voluntary basis.
Namdeb was set to close four mines by 2022.
Elizabeth Bay Mine would be shut down at the end of 2018, while Daberas would be closed at the end of 2019, Sendelingsdrift in 2020 and the main one, Southern Coastal, in 2022.
Namdeb Holdings lifted its production by 12 percent to 500,000 carats in the first quarter of 2018 as a result of accessing consistently higher grades at the land based operations.
It also produced 1,805 million carats in 2017.

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