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

Zim to commission new plant in Marange, eyes 3 mln cts of diamonds

03 august 2018
The Zimbabwean government said it will soon commission a new plant for crushing and recovery of diamonds in Marange.
Mines minister Winston Chitando was quoted by NewsDay as saying that the move would boost diamond output.

Image credit: ZCDC

The government-backed $80 million recapitalisation programme enabled the acquisition of mining equipment from Belarus.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) chief executive officer, Morris Mpofu, said they were targeting to produce 3 million carats of diamonds this year.
 “We have hit one million mark in the first four months of the year and we are targeting to produce about three million carats at the end of the year, up from 1, 8 million produced last year because we are set to start processing at a new conglomerate crushing and diamond recovery plant that was constructed in Marange,” he was quoted as saying.
“The plant will have the capacity to crush 450 tonnes of ore per hour and this means it will have the capacity to produce 600,000 carats at full throttle annually, but we will start off at half our capacity.”

Mathew Nyaungwa, Rough&Polished