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

Botswana Diamonds makes progress at Vutomi, awarded prospecting rights over 3 kimberlites

31 july 2018
Botswana Diamonds said chemical analyses of 3,100 garnets and spinels recovered from the eight kimberlites rediscovered by Vutomi within its Free State project, in South Africa has indicated high abundances of diamond inclusion type chemical compositions.
It said the kimberlites were, therefore, rated as being of high interest in terms of diamond bearing potential. 
The results, said Botswana Diamonds, also indicated a preponderance of G9 and a few G10 garnets, similar to the chemical signatures present in the neighbouring iconic mines at Jagersfontein and at Koffiefontein.
“Vutomi, our associate company in South Africa, is very active. The final analyses of samples from the 8 Free State kimberlites improves the prospects for the pipes containing diamonds,” said company chairperson John Teeling.
“A drilling campaign will follow.”
Meanwhile, Botswana Diamonds said Vutomi had been awarded a prospecting licence close to the famous Cullinan mine over three kimberlite pipes known to contain diamonds.
“This is a valuable addition to our portfolio of exploration assets,” it said.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Rough&Polished