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

Prospects for discovering new diamond deposits in the Arkhangelsk Province are far from exhausted

ALMAZINTECH is engaged in technical auditing and comprehensive assessment of activities performed by exploration, diamond mining and gold mining businesses in Russia and other countries, as well as carries out research and development. It employs highly...

07 october 2019

Botswana Diamonds eyes expansion of Thorny River to include Marsfontein – Campbell

Botswana Diamonds, which has a 40% stake in Thorny River, through Vutomi, said there are plans to expand the project located in South Africa to include Marsfontein once a mining permit for the latter has been awarded. Company managing director James...

30 september 2019

Diamond knife and tender system: The tight-fisted paying twice?

LLC Kristalin is the only company in Russia that manufactures microsurgical diamond blades for domestic healthcare that meet international requirements and are used in ophthalmology, neurosurgery and plastic surgery. Mikhail Zhiltsov, the company’s Deputy...

23 september 2019

Didier Giard: Stiff competition among the diamantaires is one of the factors of the price war

On September 9, 2019, the French Association of Gemmology (l’Association Française de Gemmologie, AFG) held its regular Paris Gemmological Rendez-Vous. Its organizer, Didier Giar, the head of the AFG kindly agreed to answer questions from Rough&Polished...

16 september 2019

De Beers’ Gahcho Kué Mine exceeds 1mln hours of work without lost time injury

05 july 2019

de_beers_logo.pngDe Beers said its 51%-owned Gahcho Kué Mine, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, has achieved more than one million hours of work without a lost time injury (LTI).
An LTI is a work-related injury resulting in an individual being unable to resume their regular duties on the next calendar day after being injured.
“We are on a journey that requires us to look out for one another and be relentless in our safety commitment,” said Patrick Kramers, superintendent of safety, health, risk and training. “The road to zero harm isn’t an easy one, but I can tell you with absolute certainty that it’s a road well-worth travelling.”
The remote fly-in/fly-out mine operates 24-hours a day just south of the Arctic Circle and experiences extreme weather conditions, logistic challenges and seasons of excessive daylight and excessive dark.
Gahcho Kué is an open pit operation, mining three kimberlite pipes.
It began the ramp up of production in early August 2016 and commenced commercial production in March 2017.

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