The Grib Diamond Mine: Geology, Ecology and Industrial Safety

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I have a dream to see India become a world leader in high-end jewellery manufacturing - Sanjay Kothari

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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...

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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

ALROSA sells large rough diamonds in New York for $7.9 mln including two stones of especially large size

12 october 2018
ALROSA, the world's largest diamond mining company, has sold special size rough diamonds (over 10.8 carats) at an auction in New York which was held from September 17 till October 5.
The company sold more than 90% lots with total weight of over 1.300 carats worth $7.9 million. The auction was attended by clients from the US, India, Israel, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates and others.

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108 carats                                                                              Image credit: ALROSA


The key stones of the action were - a white diamond with yellow shade weighing almost 98 carats and a white diamond weighing 108 carats. Both stones were mined at the Yubileinaya pipe in Yakutiya. Recently Evgeny Agureev, the Member of the Executive committee, Director of the USO ALROSA, noted that such large and pure diamonds are extremely rare in nature.

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98 carats                                                                              Image credit: ALROSA


"The auction was held during some major holidays, therefore some of our customers couldn’t attend it. So it had an effect on the overall result. Meanwhile the sale of coloured stones was extremely successful - we sold all but one lot. And the efficiency was quite high", - said Eugene Agureev.
He also said that despite the fact that the United States is a key consumer of polished diamonds, ALROSA’s rough diamond auctions are very successful and attract more and more customers.