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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

Botswana Diamonds JV with Alrosa finds ‘good’ kimberlitic indicator minerals in Gope

13 july 2018
Botswana Diamonds said a mineral sampling by Sunland Minerals over eight previously discovered and high contrast geophysical anomalies in the Gope Region of the Kalahari Desert, in Botswana, has reported “good” kimberlitic indicator minerals.
Sunland was a joint venture between Botswana Diamonds and Alrosa.
It said 267 kimberlitic indicator minerals were discovered.
The grains included 41 garnets, 13 chromites, 139 ilmenites, 4 chrome diopsides and 70 olivines.
"We are pleased by this rare occurrence for three reasons. Firstly, the abundance of a variety of kimberlitic minerals; secondly, the presence of olivines and chrome diopsides which are minerals which do not travel far in the weathering environment and finally the surface texture work indicates a local source,” said company chairperson John Teeling.
“Our next step forward is to analyse the diamond bearing capacity before we proceed to plan for a drilling campaign.”

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

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