De Beers’ GemFair delivering ‘positive impacts’ to ASM sector in Sierra Leone – David Johnson

GemFair, a pilot project developed by De Beers to create a secure and transparent route to market ethically sourced artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) diamonds, is already delivering “important positive impacts” in Sierra Leone. Group head...

11 november 2019

Belgian-quality diamond boiling in Dubai from TRIGEM

Born in New York, David Zabinsky is CEO & Co-Founder of TRIGEM, an independent diamond service provider in Dubai. Before TRIGEM, David was Manager at Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone, where he was responsible for securing North and South American investment...

05 november 2019

Pavel Shelkov: "Our project is an attempt to fit Russia into the global trend and create a new private company in the diamond industry"

At the end of September, Moscow hosted the Second Annual Conference, "Gold and Diamond Mining Companies of Russia and Europe." The audience showed great interest to the presentation made by diamond geologist Pavel Shelkov of Almazy Zapolyarya...

28 october 2019

The team that turns sleeping stones into beautiful polished diamonds

Maxim Zemlyakov is the Director General of ADMS OOO, a company cutting and polishing natural and synthetic diamonds in Oryol. He has been the Director General of Oryol-ALROSA since 2007. Before heading it, he worked as a grinder, cutter, instructor...

21 october 2019

Demand will pick up once the season starts

N Anantha Padmanaban took charge as the Chairman of the All India Gem & Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) in January 2019. He has immense hopes and confidence in the Indian jewellery sector. His motto is to ‘ensure that after the day’s business...

14 october 2019

Botswana courts Surat diamond manufacturers

27 june 2019

Botswana, which is the second largest diamond producer in the world after Russia, has invited Surat diamond manufacturers to scout for business opportunities in the country. 
Indian Express reports that a delegation from Botswana convened a meeting with more than 100 diamond traders and manufacturers at the Surat Diamond Association office in Varachha on Tuesday where they extended the invitation.
“Our government is ready to supply rough diamonds. Land for diamond factories will be provided at nominal rates,” said Botswana’s director and head international business, Gemma Megabolave.
She said that the Indian diamond merchants will be ensured a safe and secure environment.
Botswana had been leading its peers in Africa on beneficiation.  
It established what it called the Diamond Hub in Gaborone to promote diamond beneficiation.  
This move was also boosted when the country signed a deal with De Beers that saw it receiving 10 percent of Debswana’s production in 2011, rising to 15 percent in 2016.  
However, diamond cutting and polishing companies in the country had been grappling with high operational costs.  
The country was said to have 20 cutting-and-polishing factories in 2015 and were at the time processing $1-billion worth of diamonds a year.

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