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

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