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

Pangolin Diamonds inks royalty deal with Umgeni

07 december 2018
pangolin_diamonds-logo.pngPangolin Diamonds said Umgeni Holdings International will acquire a royalty interest in the company’s precious stones prospecting licences in Botswana for $600,000.
Umgeni had also agreed to pay Pangolin an additional $600,000 to acquire royalty interests in its Malatswae, Moenyenana and Motloutse diamond projects.
These were a 2.6 percent gross overriding royalty on diamonds and a 2.6 percent net smelter returns royalty on base and precious metals over the precious stone prospecting licences issued to Pangolin and Geocontracts Botswana.
Geocontracts Botswana was wholly-owned by Pangolin.
“The primary reasons for my additional royalty purchase is because I believe Dr. Daniels knows more about Botswana’s kimberlite geology than anyone else in the world, and I strongly believe Pangolin is on the right track to discover a new and significant kimberlite field southeast of the Orapa Kimberlite Field at their Malatswae Diamond Project in Botswana,” said Umgeni sole shareholder Christopher Jennings.
A total 32 diamonds had been recovered from soil samples to date and 27 within the Malatswae Diamond Project, the largest being 0.19 carats.
Drilling to date had discovered a kimberlite dyke where there was a 100 tonne bulk sample underway to determine its potential economics, and no kimberlite pipes had been discovered as yet.

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