New lending will have to be fully asset-backed with true provenance and transparency in the flow of goods and monies

After handling Gem & Jewellery (G&J) industry financing as a banker for many years, Erik A Jens sees an opportunity now that numerous banks are withdrawing from the sector. He is exploring opportunities to establishing a financing firm focusing...

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The majority of women don’t care whether their diamonds are mined or lab grown - Alex Popov, CEO of Âme

Alex Popov, President of the Moscow Diamond Bourse and former Chairman of the World Diamond Mark Foundation (WDMF) launched a new jewelry brand under the name of Âme focused on design and using lab grown diamonds to produce jewelry meant to meet...

14 january 2019

At IDE, we encourage innovation throughout the bourse and have even opened a technological incubator to host start-ups - Yoram Dvash

A first generation diamantaire, Yoram Dvash founded ‘Y Dvash Diamonds Ltd’ in 1991 in Israel. While the company grew and made progress under his leadership, Dvash joined industry organizations such as the Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association (IsDMA)...

09 january 2019

Cooperation and collaboration are the development trend of today

Pavel Grankin runs the Slava Group of companies and holds the Slava trademark (‘Slava’ means ‘Glory’ in Russian). He has graduated from the Mozhaisky Military Space Academy. He did his military service at the Plesetsk Сosmodrome from 1987 to...

04 january 2019

De Beers speaks on Zim invitation to explore for diamonds again

De Beers’ exploration team landed in Zimbabwe in 1993 and left in 2006, however, they first prospected for diamonds in Marange in the late 1990s. Harare, under the leadership of the then president Robert Mugabe, alleged that De Beers looted diamonds...

24 december 2018

11 firms battle to evaluate Namdeb diamonds – report

06 december 2018
namdeb_logo.pngAt least 11 companies are vying for a N$500 million contract to evaluate Namdeb diamonds over the next five years, according to The Namibian.
The current contract was held by Global Diamond Valuators Namibia, which had been evaluating Namdeb’s diamonds since 2007.
The daily cited unnamed sources who alleged that the tender rules had been crafted in way meant to favour one company.
However, Global Diamond Valuators director Andries Eiseb said allegations that the requirements were crafted to suit their company “are void of any truth”.
 “The bid was crafted in such a way that it allowed every eligible Namibian to participate in the tender,” he was quoted as saying.
“We had no prior knowledge of any of the requirements as set out by the procurement board.”
The evaluator was appointed by government through the mines ministry to ensure that a fair market value was put on Namibian diamonds before they are sold and exported.
The Namibian government valuator receives and values the diamonds from the entire production line of Namdeb, a joint venture between Windhoek and De Beers.
The diamonds were then passed on to the Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) – another joint venture between the Namibian government and De Beers.
NDTC would in turn sell 85 percent of the diamonds to sightholders, while the remaining 15 percent was sent to the state-owned Namib Desert Diamonds (Namdia).

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished