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

ALROSA denies entering Marange

11 july 2019

Russian diamond giant, ALROSA, has denied receiving a licence to mine diamonds in Marange as alleged by the Zimbabwean state media.
However, the world’s leading diamond company in volume terms, said it will only explore and consider the feasibility of the Chimanimani area, among other parts of the country.
“ALROSA has never and under no circumstances considered and won’t consider the possibility of entering the Marange region,” the company spokesperson told Rough & Polished.
“All reports that ALROSA officially entered Marange or is going to enter Marange must be considered false.”
The diamond giant will make an official announcement concerning its operations in Zimbabwe next week, the spokesperson added.
Zimbabwe mines minister Winston Chitando also confirmed in The Herald report that an agreement will be signed next week, between Harare and ALROSA.
“Alrosa, which is from Russia, they have already opened an office in Zimbabwe which will be officially opened next week,” said Chitando.
According to ALROSA's media communications, the company operates in strict compliance with corporate standards and industry commitments as part of membership in RJC, WDC and DPA, .
“All these standards will be unconditionally implemented in the work of ALROSA in Zimbabwe,” the spokesperson said.

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