Platinum’s rare nature gives it additional value and appeal

Huw Daniel is the CEO of Platinum Guild International, overseeing market development activities in China, Japan, India and the USA, on behalf of the platinum producers of South Africa. Before taking up this role in 2015, Huw ran PGI USA for 12 years...

13 september 2021

Marco Carniello: We want to continue to be the engine boosting the jewellery industry

Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) is a leader in Italy in the organisation of trade fairs and one of the main operators in the trade fair and conference sector at European level, with structures in Rimini and Vicenza, as well as further sites in...

06 september 2021

There is a significant need for smart and technological financial solutions in the diamond industry

MDPS, the Israeli start-up Fintech company from the Mazalit Group is gearing up to enter the diamond industry soon. Zeev Maimon, the CEO of MDPS is also the Founder / CEO of MAZALIT, a B2B payment platform designed and dedicated to the global diamond...

30 august 2021

The future for synthetics lies in that it has become possible to grow a stone you want and make what you want out of it

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23 august 2021

De Beers’ GemFair ropes in more than 160 Sierra Leone artisanal miners

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16 august 2021

Angola mulls public tender for two diamond concessions

06 august 2019

The Angolan government is set to conduct a public tender for two diamond concessions in the Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul Provinces, according to media reports.
Macauhub quoted minister Diamantino de Azevedo as saying that public tenders will also be conducted for iron and phosphate concessions.
The iron concession was in Kwanza Norte, while two phosphate concessions were the provinces of Cabinda and Zaire.
Meanwhile, Azevedo said negotiations were continuing with De Beers for diamond prospecting in the country.
De Beers’ prospecting licences for the Mulepe-1 kimberlite cluster expired in 2012.
Extensive exploration programme done on the Lunda NE concession from 2005 to 2012 resulted in the discovery of 118 kimberlite pipes.
Of these, 75 were tested for diamond grade, leading to the resource evaluation and conceptual study of the Mulepe-1 deposit, which concluded that a stand-alone deposit was not economic.

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