“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

Design is the key to all markets

Besides being an astute businessman, Mumbai-born Laksh Pahuja is a designer par excellence known globally for his awe-inspiring unusual jewellery pieces. Trained at the Gemological Institute of India and Harrow College of Art England, Laksh combines...

10 june 2019

Mutual mass destruction will not serve anybody’s purposes

The recent moves by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), including its letters urging some companies to abide to the revised edition of FTC Jewelry Guides and the explanations from FTC attorney Robert Frisby posted on the FTC website were...

03 june 2019

Pavel Sokolov: Every stone has its beauty

THE ‘GEMSTONES BY SOKOLOV’ brand has been popular for over 25 years. The aim of this company is to supply any kind of gem studs to the Russian market including the unique ones except diamonds of any cut. The product range by the SOKOLOV Company is very...

27 may 2019

Angola to open an Industrial Development Hub focused on diamond industry

29 december 2018
Angola intends to open an Industrial Development Hub in 2019 in Saurimo, Lunda Sul, says Macauhub. 
The agency quoted Diamantino Azevedo, Angola's Minister of Mineral Resources and Oil, who announced on Thursday that the project had been worked out by Endiama, the state-owned mining and processing company in collaboration with Sodiam, the state-owned diamond marketing company.The project is currently in the advanced stage of creation.
According to the report, Azevedo added that the hub would comprise of a cutting and polishing center, training centres and other industrial organisations.
Previously, IDEX Online reported that Sodiam intended to launch a second polishing center in Saurimo in February 2019. 
According to the reports, the polishing center will initially cut about 4,000 ct of diamonds per month. There is currently only one polishing factory in Angola. 

Victoria Quiri, Correspondent of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished, Strasbourg