Unifying role is the main objective of the National Gemological Association

Yuri Shelementiev runs the Gemological Centre (GC) at the Moscow State University and is a president of the National Gemological Association (NGA) uniting the gemologists of Russia. The head of the MSU’ GC and the NGA answered the R&P’s...

15 july 2019

“Our goal is to bring clarity to the offering of Lab Grown Diamonds”, asserts Chris Casey, President, Lab Grown Diamond Council

Chris Casey is a 15-year veteran of the diamond and jewelry industry.  Chris also has extensive experience in market research as Founding Managing Director of the NPD Diamond and Diamond Jewelry Service where his responsibility included the...

08 july 2019

Dr. Michael S. Krzemnicki: Our dedication to scientific research is an important foundation to our expertise

Dr. Michael S. Krzemnicki, PhD, Director of the Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF, in an interview with R&P told about the activities and plans of one of the world's leading Gemological laboratories specializing in scientific research of diamonds...

01 july 2019

“Lab-Grown Diamonds is probably the biggest scam this industry has ever seen,”: Leibish Polnauer, Founder-President, Leibish & Co.

An interesting story from the Leibish & Co takes you way back to the year 1979 when young Leibish Polnauer, then a diamond polisher, was travelling to London, having just found out that the factory at which he worked had been shut down. He found an advertisement...

24 june 2019

Botswana mining industry players speak on speculative exploration licences

Speculative mineral exploration licences was a recurring theme from presentations made by three players in Botswana mining industry at a conference convened in Gaborone. The country has issued thousands of exploration licences, across the mining industry...

17 june 2019

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