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

“Get Diamonds” platform will soon be available in Russian, Hindi, Arabic and any other languages as per demand from any countries

A first-generation diamantaire Yoram Dvash, currently serving as the Acting President at World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the President of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE), launched his diamond manufacturing and trading...

25 may 2020

Sustainability is the only way forward - Rahul Jauhari

Rahul Jauhari, Sr Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing, Star Rays, has forged ahead professionally for more than 14 years garnering experience in Business Development, Luxury Lifestyle Consultancy, Market Analysis, Global Fashion / Luxury trend...

18 may 2020

Keeping global supply chains functioning vital – De Beers

Diamond giant, De Beers has said that it is essential to keep global supply chains functioning in view of the substantial impact of Covid-19 on the industry. Group spokesperson David Johnson told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview...

11 may 2020

Gabon courts foreign investors to grow fledgling diamond sector

Diamond production in Gabon, which has been a member of the Kimberley Diamond Certification Process since 2018, is currently dominated by artisanal miners. The artisanal miners are producing about 300 carats per month, according to Gabon’s director of...

05 may 2020

Pangolin recovers 19th diamond from soils at MSC

04 october 2019

pangolin_diamonds-logo.pngPangolin Diamonds has recovered its 19th diamond from soil samples during an ongoing soil sampling programme in the 10km2 MSC project area, in eastern Botswana. 
It said the stone is considered a “macro-diamond” with one axis between 1.0 and 1.5 mm.
Soil sampling and ground geophysical surveys in parallel with data processing are being conducted as the company continues to generate and rank new targets.
Chip samples recovered from percussion sections will be crushed and processed for diamonds and indicator minerals through the company’s mini dense-media separation plant.
Pangolin also said phase one drilling will commence mid-October at the MSC exploration project. 
The programme will set out to test at least five targets identified within the project area, including some of the high priority “PK” targets released last August.
Meanwhile, the company said its board has approved the granting of 3,950,000 options under its stock option plan, each share under option having a 5-year term and an exercise price of $0.06.
The options in question were granted to certain directors, consultants and key employees of the company.

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