“Only do business with clients who have impeccable integrity,” suggests Davy Blommaert, banker

Davy Blommaert heads the Diamond Business at National Bank of Fujairah, which falls under the bank’s corporate and institutional banking division. With nearly 10 years of experience in the diamond industry, he was tasked to establish a unit within NBF...


Russia’s export legislation is like a log on the road making it difficult to drive through

Eduard Utkin, General Manager of the Russian Jewellers Guild Association, which is a member of the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry, answers the questions from Rough & Polished regarding the activities of the country’s professional...

11 march 2019

Botswana mum on new demands as negotiations with De Beers draw closer

Botswana said it will begin new diamond marketing and sales negotiations with De Beers in June or July this year. Mineral resources minister Eric Molale told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa on the sidelines of a mining conference in Cape Town, South...

04 march 2019

DLX-jewellery will focus more on colour stone designed pieces as well as diamond jewellery sets going forward - Jack Chen, General Manager, DLX-Jewellery

Graduating in International Business from an Institute in Sydney, Australia, in 2015, Jack Chen returned to China to start managing his family-owned jewellery business. Besides holding a certificate in a practical diamond course at Gemological Institute...

25 february 2019

Ali Pastorini: “We have to change a little the way to sell the idea that buying jewelry is just for glamour”

Ali Pastorini is the co-owner of DEL LIMA JEWERLY and President of Mujeres Brillantes, an association which brings together approximately 1000 women working in the gold and diamond trading sector, mainly from Latin America, as well as from Turkey, Spain...

18 february 2019

A student finds a new way of extracting diamonds - report

29 december 2018

A 17-year-old girl, Hamdi Ali, a participant of the University of Alberta’s WISEST initiative, has discovered a new way of extracting diamonds from rock without damaging them, says ctvnews.ca. 
The agency quoted Ali as saying that the machine breaks down the stones with electricity. 
‘‘[It] is a high-voltage electronic disaggregation device, which sounds pretty fancy, but it just means that it destroys rocks using 200,000 volts of electricity,’’ she said. 
According to the report, Ali and her student mentor, Margo Regier X-rayed the stone to make sure that there were diamonds inside the roch then cut it two halves. One part was exposed to vibrating plates, which is a standard means of diamond extraction, while the other piece was put in a SELFRAG machine that emits high-voltage electric pulses to destroy rocks. 
The results of the test showed that in the first case nearly all the diamonds were crushed while in the other half of the rock they were extracted unbroken. 
The new method could be adopted by mining companies which are trying to implement new technologies and machinery to extract large-sized diamonds from ore due to high competition on the diamond market. Namely Debswana, a joint venture between De Beers and Botswana government, has commissioned two high-throughput X-Ray Transmission (XRT) ore sorters at its Jwaneng mine as key components of its new large diamond recovery pilot plant.   

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