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

Prospects for discovering new diamond deposits in the Arkhangelsk Province are far from exhausted

ALMAZINTECH is engaged in technical auditing and comprehensive assessment of activities performed by exploration, diamond mining and gold mining businesses in Russia and other countries, as well as carries out research and development. It employs highly...

07 october 2019

Botswana Diamonds eyes expansion of Thorny River to include Marsfontein – Campbell

Botswana Diamonds, which has a 40% stake in Thorny River, through Vutomi, said there are plans to expand the project located in South Africa to include Marsfontein once a mining permit for the latter has been awarded. Company managing director James...

30 september 2019

Diamond knife and tender system: The tight-fisted paying twice?

LLC Kristalin is the only company in Russia that manufactures microsurgical diamond blades for domestic healthcare that meet international requirements and are used in ophthalmology, neurosurgery and plastic surgery. Mikhail Zhiltsov, the company’s Deputy...

23 september 2019

Didier Giard: Stiff competition among the diamantaires is one of the factors of the price war

On September 9, 2019, the French Association of Gemmology (l’Association Française de Gemmologie, AFG) held its regular Paris Gemmological Rendez-Vous. Its organizer, Didier Giar, the head of the AFG kindly agreed to answer questions from Rough&Polished...

16 september 2019

Angola delegation takes part in WFDB-IDMA Presidents Meeting Opening Session in Dubai

24 september 2019
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) Presidents Meeting kicked off in Dubai today with special sessions on lab-grown diamonds and provenance and traceability.
An important delegation from Sodiam including Chairman Dr. Eugenio Bravo da Rosa took part in the ribbon cutting to officially open the Presidents Meeting.


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Angola has the potential to become the first and largest mining country in the world. It has extensive diamond reserves estimated at 180 million carats. They are located principally in the provinces of Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul in the central and northeastern parts of the country.
In 2018, Angola’s total rough diamond production was 8.4 million carats with a value of $1.2 billion as per Kimberley Process statistics. As part of its strategic plans, Angola has the intention to establish a Diamond Bourse in Luanda.
Ernie Blom said: “We are happy to welcome this important delegation from Angola, a key player for future diamond mining potential and we welcome the important changes which have been taking place in the country. Obviously WFDB stands ready to welcome a new diamond bourse and we are happy that this is being studied.”

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished