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

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