The majority of women don’t care whether their diamonds are mined or lab grown - Alex Popov, CEO of Âme

Alex Popov, President of the Moscow Diamond Bourse and former Chairman of the World Diamond Mark Foundation (WDMF) launched a new jewelry brand under the name of Âme focused on design and using lab grown diamonds to produce jewelry meant to meet...

14 january 2019

At IDE, we encourage innovation throughout the bourse and have even opened a technological incubator to host start-ups - Yoram Dvash

A first generation diamantaire, Yoram Dvash founded ‘Y Dvash Diamonds Ltd’ in 1991 in Israel. While the company grew and made progress under his leadership, Dvash joined industry organizations such as the Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association (IsDMA)...

09 january 2019

Cooperation and collaboration are the development trend of today

Pavel Grankin runs the Slava Group of companies and holds the Slava trademark (‘Slava’ means ‘Glory’ in Russian). He has graduated from the Mozhaisky Military Space Academy. He did his military service at the Plesetsk Сosmodrome from 1987 to...

04 january 2019

De Beers speaks on Zim invitation to explore for diamonds again

De Beers’ exploration team landed in Zimbabwe in 1993 and left in 2006, however, they first prospected for diamonds in Marange in the late 1990s. Harare, under the leadership of the then president Robert Mugabe, alleged that De Beers looted diamonds...

24 december 2018

The Kimberley Process mulling over broader definition of "conflict diamonds"

The participants of the recent Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting hosted by the European Union in Brussels carried their work to completion on November 16, 2018 but were left with a home work on their hands to be done before the next convention under...

17 december 2018

BlueRock boosts diamond sales, output

11 january 2019

BlueRock Diamonds, which owns and operates the Kareevlei diamond mine in South Africa, said its diamond sales rose by 71% to 5 805 ct in 2018, compared with the 3,385 ct sold the previous year.
It also produced 5,805 carats in 2018 compared with 3,385 carats recorded in 2017. 

                    Image credit: BlueRock

Its average grade leaped by 34% to 3.28 carats per hundred tonnes (cpht) from 2.45 cpht in 2017.
BlueRock chief executive Adam Waugh said results from the company’s second kimberlite pipe, KV1, which came on stream last June and from the undiluted levels of their first kimberlite pipe, KV2, had shown a marked increase in grade, which was expect to continue into 2019. 
“Our move to a 365-day operation is expected to start in February and is expected to give us around 40% additional plant availability,” he said.
“This, coupled with a consistently improving grade profile, makes the outlook for 2019 very encouraging. 
“It is hoped that the operational improvements seen over the last two years and further improvements planned will now translate into generating value for shareholders”.

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