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

No forced labour in Marange, US ‘ignorant’ – Zimbabwe

03 october 2019

zimbabwe_flag.pngZimbabwe has dismissed as “ignorance” the move by the US Customs and Border Protection to block rough diamond imports from Marange as they were produced with forced labour.
Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana said it is unfortunate that the US authorities have been misinformed or misled to believe that Zimbabwe is mining diamonds through forced labour.
“As a government we have a very strong revulsion towards any form of slavery or servitude,” he was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.
“To even suggest that Zimbabwe has some form of corporate forced labor is either mischievous or simply ignorant.”
The US agency also detained gold from the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC), Bone black from Brazil, garments from China and rubber gloves from Malaysia.
Blue Nile, a US-based online jeweler, recently blacklisted diamonds from Zimbabwe due to alleged human rights abuses in Marange. 
Rights groups have been pushing for Zimbabwean diamonds to be classified as “conflict diamonds” and barred from world markets.  
The Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) appealed to the United Nations last April to classify Zimbabwean stones as “blood diamonds”.   
Tiffany’s said at the time that it will not buy diamonds from Zimbabwe.   
State-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company is planning to boost its output this year to 4.1 million carats from 2.8 million carats in 2018.

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