What Jagersfontein diamond mine staff should have done to avoid the dam wall collapse

A mine dam wall at South Africa’s Jagersfontein diamond mine in Free State province recently collapsed twice within two weeks, killing one person and damaging properties. The dam at the disused mine held liquid waste from a tailings reprocessing operation...

03 october 2022

“The global diamond industry must now learn to steer clear of this obstructive and outdated “blood/conflict diamond” terminology,” says Dr M’zee Fula Ngenge, Chairman, African Diamond Council

Dr M'zée Fula Ngenge, the Chairman of the African Diamond Council (ADC), a Mining Engineer and highly respected Senior Strategy Advisor celebrated 40 years in the global diamond industry this year. He acts as a professional liaison within...

26 september 2022

Anglo American Platinum makes significant investments in SA’s hydrogen economy

Anglo American Platinum continues to make significant investments in South Africa’s hydrogen economy, according to a company spokesperson. The Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) miner’s external communication principal Nomonde Ndwalaza told Rough&Polished’s...

19 september 2022

Ellen Joncheere: I am launching a new initiative to support young designers globally

Ellen Joncheere, CEO of HRD Antwerp, in an exclusive interview with Rough&Polished told about the history of the HRD Design Awards and its new, 18th edition.

12 september 2022

Hari Krishna Exports eyes untapped diamond jewellery markets

Ghanshyam Dholakia, born in a farmers’ family in a remote village Dudhala in Gujarat was inspired along with his siblings by his father to follow their destiny and this led them to Surat city - a world of opportunities! In the early seventies, Ghanshyam’s...

05 september 2022

Venezuela and Palestine sign a diamond production agreement

13 march 2019

Venezuela and Palestine have signed a strategic agreement on the production of diamonds. Ria Novosti has quoted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as saying in his speech during the official signing ceremony broadcast on his Twitter channel.
"Let us talk about the plan to produce diamonds. Venezuela has the largest diamond reserves in the world. We have oil, gold and diamonds. God supplies us … We are witnessing the signing of a big alliance between a Palestinian company and 154 small diamond production alliances, [operating] in the area of the Orinoco River," Maduro said.
As per the report, the President  intends to restore the Venezuelan economy, which was badly damaged by the crisis. 
According to data provided by the Venezuelan Ministry of Environment and Mines, 85% of the diamonds found in Bolivar, especially in the Orinoco River, have all the necessary qualities and meet the recognized standards of cut, weight, purity and color. In 2014 diamonds became a part of the international reserve of Venezuela.

Alex Shishlo, Editor in Chief of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished, Brussels