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...

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“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

Angola to set up cutting, polishing hub in Lunda Sul

08 february 2019

Angola is setting a hub for companies interested in investing in cutting and polishing of diamonds, a government official has said.
Minister of Mineral Resources Diamantino Azevedo told a gathering of investors on the sidelines of a mining conference in Cape Town that SODIAM, the state-owned company responsible for the trading of diamonds in Angola, would set up the hub in Lunda Sul Province.
“Companies [interested] will then come and set up their facilities there,” he said.
The province was rich with diamonds and was home to Catoca mine, the fourth largest diamond mine in the world.
Angola had a single polishing factory and the envisaged hub would initially cut about 4,000 carats per month, according to reports.
The country introduced a new diamond trading policy, which among other things, mandated diamond producers to supply 20% of their rough output to local companies for cutting and polishing. 
Angola produced 9.4 million carats last year, but sold 8.47 million carats for $1.25 billion.

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