“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...

18 march 2019

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

BK16 most prospective of kimberlites being evaluated in Orapa - Tsodilo

07 march 2019

Tsodilo Resources said its BK16 kimberlite project is the most prospective of the kimberlites currently being evaluated in the Orapa kimberlite field, in Orapa, Botswana.
It said in a corporate presentation that the project was already showing similarities to Lucara Diamond’s Karowe diamond mine, Petra Diamonds’ Koffiefontein mine and Lucapa Diamond’s Mothae mine.
The project, it said, was set to produce large high quality diamonds.
BK16 was currently in a sampling and testwork phase, with a 15,000 t to 25 ,000 t bulk sampling programme scheduled either as a new surface dug sample or an extension of tunnels away from dilution zones, to get a better indication of the real grades.
Tsodilo would also conduct a feasibility study that includes full engineering studies and the definition of mining parameters.
It said the next phase of sampling would need to sample away from historical tunnels within the dilution zones.
The kimberlite was discovered by De Beers in the 1960s.

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