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...

Yesterday

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

Frontier intersects fresh kimberlite at SA diamond project

27 july 2018
Frontier Diamonds said it has intersected fresh kimberlite during blast hole drilling at its Bellsbank diamond project, in South Africa.
The uncalcretised kimberlite material was found at a depth of 27 metres and the exploration pit being mined was designed to extract a minimum bulk sample of 100,000 tonnes.
 “We are now in a position to rapidly access the primary ore body and conduct a proper bulk sample, followed by processing of this material at our new Sedibeng dual-purpose plant,” said Frontier chief executive Jan Louw.
“This will enable a detailed economic assessment of the Bellsbank pipe, with the CPR also allowing us to leverage all historic and current exploration data into this exercise.”
It said grade of the pipe was estimated between 10 and 30 carats per hundred tonnes.
The biggest stone recovered from a plant commissioning sample taken from shallower, calcretised Bellsbank material was 1.45 carats, said Frontier.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Rough&Polished