Indian gem and jewellery manufacturers have the skill and capabilities to cater to any market in the world

Besides spearheading the “White Paper” last year, Colin Shah, Vice Chairman of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) has been actively involved in the initiatives of the Council like MyKYCBank and many more… A first generation...

11 february 2019

The Indian gems and jewellery industry was progressing in the past and will certainly progress in the future

Dinesh Navadiya, the Regional Chairman (Gujarat Region) of The Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India, is also the representative of the Gujarat G&J sector at various organisations as well as government authorities...

04 february 2019

The Russian Diamond Line: We do not believe that gifted persons would win through on their own

The Russian Diamond Line, a Moscow international jewellery contest of jewellery design, has been held for a decade already. At the end of the year, the results of the jubilee RDL-2018 contest were summed up, and on December 14, the prizewinners of the...

28 january 2019

New lending will have to be fully asset-backed with true provenance and transparency in the flow of goods and monies

After handling Gem & Jewellery (G&J) industry financing as a banker for many years, Erik A Jens sees an opportunity now that numerous banks are withdrawing from the sector. He is exploring opportunities to establishing a financing firm focusing...

21 january 2019

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

Lucapa prepares for Mothae’s first run of mine sale in Antwerp

05 february 2019

news_02072018_lucapa.pngLucapa Diamond, which has a 70 percent stake in Lesotho’s Mothae, said it is preparing for its first run of mine sale that will be convened in Antwerp this month.
This comes after seven large diamonds, weighing 498 carats, from the company’s 40 percent-owned Lulo alluvial mine, in Angola were sold last week for $16.7 million or at an average price of $33,530 per carat.
Lucapa chief executive Stephen Wetherall noted in a paper seen by Rough & Polished on Monday ahead of his presentation at a mining conference in Cape Town that specials being recovered at Mothae included high colour whites weighing 78 carats and 38 carats as well as an 89 carat yellow.
Lucapa acquired the mine in 2017 and it installed a new Mothae plant, which incorporated advanced diamond recovery technology, including two XRT diamond recovery modules designed to recover large and rare Type IIa diamonds.
More than 4,100 carats of diamonds had been recovered from the bulk sampling of areas within the Mothae kimberlite pipe which had not previously been or had been inadequately tested during the previous trial mining phase.
Lucapa previously said it was targeting to produce about 44,000 carats of diamonds at Mothae over the first three years of commercial recoveries. 
An independent JORC resource estimate for Mothae was 1 million carats of diamonds at a modelled average diamond value of $1 063/carat – the second highest JORC average price per carat in the world.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, from Cape Town, South Africa, Rough&Polished