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...

15 july 2019

“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

Gem Diamonds appoints new non-executive director

01 july 2019

news_01072019_Mazvi.pngGem Diamonds, which owns the Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, has appointed Mazvi Maharasoa as a non-executive director with effect from today (1 July).
She has more than 20 years of senior management experience of which 10 years were spent in the mining sector with her appointment as the chief executive of Letšeng Diamonds from 2009 to 2017.
Maharasoa also worked in the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Central Bank of Lesotho, where she was the senior legal counsel for each of these entities.
"We are delighted to welcome Mazvi Maharasoa to the Board of Gem Diamonds and are confident that her skills and experience in the fields of mining and resources and corporate governance will add great value to the Board,” said company chairperson Harry Kenyon-Slaney.
Gem Diamonds recently sold its mothballed Ghaghoo diamond mine, in Botswana to Pro Civil so it can focus on the Letšeng mine.
The company recovered 15 diamonds greater than 100 carats in 2018, a record for a single calendar year.  
It also produced 126,875 carats at Letšeng in 2018 compared with 111,811 carats in 2017.  

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