Diamex Lab: Our technology allows you to trace the history of the origin of each stone

Gleb Sverdlov, CEO of Diamex Lab told Rough & Polished in his interview below about the development of IT technologies for the market of rough and polished diamonds and jewelry.

17 february 2020

The future of the market goes hand in hand with gemology

After 2019, a challenging year for the global diamond industry, we asked Yuri Shelementyev, head of the Moscow State University (MSU) Gemmological Center and president of the National Gemological Association (NGA), to share his views...

10 february 2020

Diamond industry in healthier position going into 2020

The diamond industry is in a healthier position going into 2020 due to actions taken last year, according to De Beers. Group spokesperson David Johnson told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa that the actions taken included reducing rough diamond production...

03 february 2020

Ethical sourcing and Diamonds Standards Organization

The diamond sector is ready to embrace a new decade and overcome some of its historical challenges. Ethical sourcing has proven to be undoubtedly one of the main aspects that industry professionals need to address. Antonio Cecere, President of Geneva...

27 january 2020

Ali Pastorini: Challenges make us think out of the box and be closer to customers

Ali Pastorini is the co-owner of DEL LIMA JEWERLY and President of Mujeres Brillantes, an association which brings together more than 1,000 women working in the gold and diamond trading sector, mainly from Latin America, as well as from Turkey, Spain...

20 january 2020

Botswana Diamonds renews prospecting licences in Kalahari

23 august 2019
botswana_diamonds_logo.pngBotswana Diamonds’ subsidiary Sunland Minerals has renewed its prospecting licences located in the central Kalahari Desert, in Botswana. 
The licences, which cover just over 500 km2, were renewed until September 20, 2021. 
Botswana Diamonds has already identified prospective drill-ready targets through intensive work including aeromagnetic surveys, ground magnetic surveys, soil sampling and target selection. 
Analysis of concentrations of kimberlitic indicator minerals on the licence indicate proximity to kimberlite pipes, which regional geology suggests may be attractive in size and grade, it said. 
Meanwhile, Botswana Diamonds said it is in extended discussions with a “major” international diamond producer to establish a joint venture to conduct work on the licences. 
The company established the Sunland joint venture with Alrosa in 2014 to test existing Russian exploration technology on Botswana Diamonds’ large data base.  
However, the Russians exited the joint venture company following changes in management and corporate strategy, which is now biased towards production and marketing. 


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