De Beers’ GemFair delivering ‘positive impacts’ to ASM sector in Sierra Leone – David Johnson

GemFair, a pilot project developed by De Beers to create a secure and transparent route to market ethically sourced artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) diamonds, is already delivering “important positive impacts” in Sierra Leone. Group head...

11 november 2019

Belgian-quality diamond boiling in Dubai from TRIGEM

Born in New York, David Zabinsky is CEO & Co-Founder of TRIGEM, an independent diamond service provider in Dubai. Before TRIGEM, David was Manager at Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone, where he was responsible for securing North and South American investment...

05 november 2019

Pavel Shelkov: "Our project is an attempt to fit Russia into the global trend and create a new private company in the diamond industry"

At the end of September, Moscow hosted the Second Annual Conference, "Gold and Diamond Mining Companies of Russia and Europe." The audience showed great interest to the presentation made by diamond geologist Pavel Shelkov of Almazy Zapolyarya...

28 october 2019

The team that turns sleeping stones into beautiful polished diamonds

Maxim Zemlyakov is the Director General of ADMS OOO, a company cutting and polishing natural and synthetic diamonds in Oryol. He has been the Director General of Oryol-ALROSA since 2007. Before heading it, he worked as a grinder, cutter, instructor...

21 october 2019

Demand will pick up once the season starts

N Anantha Padmanaban took charge as the Chairman of the All India Gem & Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) in January 2019. He has immense hopes and confidence in the Indian jewellery sector. His motto is to ‘ensure that after the day’s business...

14 october 2019

Lucapa’s Lulo targets 30k ct in 2020 as it moves to flood plain blocks

10 september 2019

news_02072018_lucapa.pngLucapa Diamond is projecting output at its 40%-owned Lulo mine, in Angola to improve in the second half of the year following the move to flood plain blocks which are expected to produce average grades much higher than those achieved during the first half.
Lulo’s first half production totalled 7,236 carats and included 216 +4.8 carat stones.
Lucapa said in a presentation delivered last week at Africa Down Under Conference that it is targeting an annualised increase to 30 000 carats in 2020.
Production volumes will be boosted by the arrival of a new fleet of Volvo and Caterpillar earthmoving equipment, comprising six excavators, eight trucks and three bulldozers.
The new fleet, it said, is part of the Sociedade Mineira Do Lulo (SML)-funded $12 million expansion of alluvial mining operations.
SML held a 3,147 carat diamond inventory at the end of the June half, which included the 46 carat pink held over from sale earlier in the year.

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