Young Diamantaires: We create initiatives for the benefit of diamond communities worldwide

The World Federation of Diamond Bourses recently launched its Young Diamantaires website. The organization has worked for the past four years with young members of the diamond community all over the world to create a platform through which they can express...

29 june 2020

Those who implement the right anti-crisis strategies have more chances

It is not surprising that because of the pandemic and the crisis, the most heated debate in the jewellery industry is about what is happening and the possible ways of survival. Irina Slesareva, an expert, art director of the Russian Diamond Line contest...

22 june 2020

The secondary diamond market in Russia is not mature although its prospects are huge

Pavel Barannik, the founder and head of the Moscow Gemological Laboratory, the founder of the Gemological Institute and President of the Moscow Diamond Club, graduated from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). He is an expert and consultant...

15 june 2020

Johan Erikson: The industry needs to spend more on advertising and marketing

First Element is a fully independent Diamond Services Company registered in Belgium, Botswana, South Africa and Dubai. First Element is committed to providing a world class diamond service aimed at adding value to the entire supply chain, from the daily...

08 june 2020

African diamond firms on COVID-19 response, recent developments

Rough & Polished recently contacted several diamond producers and exploration companies with operations in Africa to establish how their operations were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and what they are doing to alleviate the impact. We also sought...

01 june 2020

Angola’s first public tender of mining concessions to start next week

15 august 2019

Angola is set to open the first public tender of five mining concession licenses end of this month up to the third week of September.
Angola’s mineral resources ministry said that the first open tender will be held on August 27, in Angola, while the other three tenders are set to be held on September 10, 16 and 20, in Dubai, Beijing and London, respectively.
The open tenders will grant mining rights for the exploitation of diamonds, iron and phosphate.
Of the five mining concessions to be placed under the hammer, two were diamonds.
The diamond concessions were in the Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul Provinces, while the iron concession was in Kwanza Norte.
Two phosphate concessions were in the provinces of Cabinda and Zaire. 
Angola’s mining industry is dominated by diamonds.
The country produced 9,4 million carats last year.

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