African diamond firms on COVID-19 response, recent developments

Rough & Polished recently contacted several diamond producers and exploration companies with operations in Africa to establish how their operations were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and what they are doing to alleviate the impact. We also sought...

01 june 2020

“Get Diamonds” platform will soon be available in Russian, Hindi, Arabic and any other languages as per demand from any countries

A first-generation diamantaire Yoram Dvash, currently serving as the Acting President at World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the President of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE), launched his diamond manufacturing and trading...

25 may 2020

Sustainability is the only way forward - Rahul Jauhari

Rahul Jauhari, Sr Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing, Star Rays, has forged ahead professionally for more than 14 years garnering experience in Business Development, Luxury Lifestyle Consultancy, Market Analysis, Global Fashion / Luxury trend...

18 may 2020

Keeping global supply chains functioning vital – De Beers

Diamond giant, De Beers has said that it is essential to keep global supply chains functioning in view of the substantial impact of Covid-19 on the industry. Group spokesperson David Johnson told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview...

11 may 2020

Gabon courts foreign investors to grow fledgling diamond sector

Diamond production in Gabon, which has been a member of the Kimberley Diamond Certification Process since 2018, is currently dominated by artisanal miners. The artisanal miners are producing about 300 carats per month, according to Gabon’s director of...

05 may 2020

Quantum diamonds found use in an undetectable navigation device

11 june 2019

Lockheed Martin, a contractor hired by the US defence division, and Element Six, a European diamond manufacturing venture owned by De Beers, are working on a navigation technology using quantum diamonds. The advantage of this device will be that it cannot be detected, according to 

Image credit: Element Six

“The technology is totally passive, it doesn’t signal or transmit anything. It can’t be hacked or jammed. A nuclear blast might jam it, but not a lot else,” the agency quoted Michael DiMario, principal engineer on the project at Lockheed Martin, as saying.
The team, reportedly, has already created a prototype device - a quantum magnetometer - the size of a box for shoes. The device, created with the help of LG diamonds, detects barely perceptible anomalies in the Earth’s magnetic field. If to impose these anomalies on the magnetic map of the planet, it is possible to get quite clear coordinates with an error of 50 meters.
According to the report, the project received the codename “Dark Ice’’.
Scientists have long found new uses for diamonds, including creating quantum computers.
It was reported previously that unique Arkhangelsk diamonds have a special feature – their crystal structure is perturbed, and this is why they can record quantum information. Such diamonds can become the basic element of a quantum computer processor.

Victoria Quiri, Correspondent of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished, Strasbourg