Our main role is to inspire consumers to consider diamonds - Jean-Marc Lieberherr

With over 25 years of experience in a variety of leadership positions across many geographies, functions and businesses, Jean-Marc Lieberherr has more than 10 years’ experience as a diamond industry leader, which includes as a Board member of the World...

09 december 2019

Training in diamond valuation is key for artisanal miners

Ian Rowe, the Executive Director of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) was appointed in September 2019, having joined DDI as Deputy Executive Director a year earlier. Ian managed field operations in Sierra Leone within this role and led...

02 december 2019

Kangalassi 2.0: Raising the living standards, creating new jobs

At the V Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) held in early September in Vladivostok, the Yakut company SAYBM signed a tripartite agreement with two agencies - the Far Eastern agency and the regional one - for attracting investments and providing export...

25 november 2019

We live in a new dimension of environmental responsibility carried by business

In mid-October, Moscow hosted the VIII Ecological Forum attended by representatives from the State, large industrial companies, scientific and public organizations. The forum delegates discussed the issues related to finding a balance between the socio-economic...

18 november 2019

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

The diamond mining sector added about 2 billion rubles to the Arkhangelsk Province’s budget

03 december 2019

AGD DIAMONDS and Severalmaz, which mine diamonds in the Mezensky and Primorsky districts of the Arkhangelsk Province, contributed 2,366,553 thousand rubles to the regional budget in the form of a mining tax, as per a report in ARCTICINFO.
This shows an increase of 16.24% compared to last year.
According to the report, during the nine months of 2019, both companies extracted a total of 5 million tons of ore of which 6.77 million carats of diamonds were produced.
Despite a decrease in ore production this year, diamond recovery showed growth due to the beginning of mining ore with high grade.
Thus, AGD DIAMONDS, which is developing the Grib diamond deposit has produced a number of specials this year, four of which exceed 100 carats. In particular, unique diamonds weighing 222.09 and 127.34 carats were mined in May, and in July a crystal weighing 212.53 carats was unearthed. In October, the company mined an exclusive gem-quality diamond weighing 104.12 carats.

Victoria Quiri, Correspondent of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished, Strasbourg