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...


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

Angola courts De Beers

08 august 2018
De Beers, which has a residual presence in Angola since 2014, has been invited contribute to the country's diamond production.
Group chief executive Bruce Cleaver who met with the Angolan president João Lourenço, was quoted by EIN as saying he was pleased to receive the invitation to mine diamonds in the southern African country.
De Beers’ prospecting licences for the Mulepe-1 kimberlite cluster in Angola expired in 2012.
The group told Rough & Polished in 2016 that it still considers Angola to be highly prospective and was negotiating with Endiama for a mineral investment contract.
In light of this, it maintained a small representative office in Luanda.
EIN reports that there had been a lack of concessions for the exploration of the diamonds issued by Endiama.
Angola recently ended the sale of diamonds to preferential customers.
It now allows diamond companies in Angola to freely sell up to 60 percent of their production.
De Beers was currently mining diamonds in Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Rough&Polished