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

Stornoway announced 2Q 2019 production and sales results

12 july 2019

stornoway-logo.pngStornoway Diamond Corporation announced production and sales results at the Renard Diamond Mine for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. Second quarter diamond production was 463,136 carats recovered from the processing of 695,934 tonnes of ore at an average grade of 67 carats per hundred tonnes (“cpht”). Carats recoveries increased by 4% compared to the first quarter, mainly due to greater plant utilization. The average processing rate was 7,648 tonnes per day, above the budgeted rate of 7,000 tonnes per day.
460,832 total carats sold in two tender sales for gross proceeds of $47 million at an average price of US$76 per carat ($102 per carat). In terms of total carats sold, pricing and gross proceeds, this represents variations of +7%, -9% and -1% over the first quarter, respectively. Second quarter diamond sales represent diamonds recovered during the first quarter.
Patrick Godin, Second President and CEO of Stornoway, commented “During the second quarter, both mining and processing operations at Renard have demonstrated strong performance, with an average ore hauling rate of 6,813 tonnes per day from the underground mine, and an average processing rate well above the budgeted rate… The rough diamond market continues to be challenging, with further decreases in pricing observed during the second quarter sales. Nevertheless, the Corporation maintained comparable gross proceeds relative to the first quarter, as volume of carat sold increased.”

Alex Shishlo, Editor of the Rough&Polished European Bureau