Color diamonds are more valuable and desirable and a better investment

In 1993, Eyal Cohen started his career as a diamond cutter, sitting by his father’s side as an apprentice. 4 years later, he was recruited by a jewelry firm, where he learned to appreciate natural colored diamonds. In 2003, Eyal opened his own company...

17 september 2018

Debate on the main issues affecting the diamond business is absolutely critical - Ernie Blom

Having taken part in the fruitful discussions with the world leaders at the Asian Summit held recently in Vladivostok, Ernie Blom, President, World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) now looks forward to taking the worthy inputs received at...

10 september 2018

Reflecting the nature of the industry, US jewellery market is significantly seasonal with great ‘ebb and flow’ in demand, opines Vin Lee

Vin Lee, CEO of Beverly Hills-based Grand Metropolitan, a privately-held luxury goods holding company had migrated from Canada as a child. And one can see that it did not take him long to ascend the US luxury world, establishing himself as a formidable...

27 august 2018

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

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