Consumers attracted to diamond jewelry more than ever

Ali Pastorini is the co-owner of Del Lima Jewelry and President of Mujeres Brillantes, an association which brings together more than 1,000 women working in the gold and diamond trading sector, mainly from Latin America, as well as from Turkey, Spain...

21 september 2020

WDC actively supports initiatives from mine to retail; and also strives for support for the artisanal and small-scale miners - Edward Asscher, President, World Diamond Council

A member of one of the diamond industry and Amsterdam’s most well-known families, Edward Asscher was elected President of the World Diamond Council in June 2020 for a two-year term. Asscher is serving a second time as WDC President, having led the organization...

14 september 2020

Diamonds are one of the few things that have held human fascination in every nook and cranny of the world across time

Dr Usha R. Balakrishnan, a preeminent historian of Indian jewellery based in Mumbai, is Chief Curator of the World Diamond Museum. Being the author and co-author of several volumes of Diamonds Across Time, a new book and an important venture launched...

11 september 2020

Botswana Diamonds to bulk sample KX36 kimberlite, sees commercial potential

Botswana Diamonds recently acquired Petra Diamonds’ exploration assets in Botswana for $300000. The assets that were owned by Petra through its wholly-owned Sekaka Diamonds Exploration, include the KX36 project, a 3.5 hectare kimberlite that was a new...

07 september 2020

Indian diamond industry looks for recovery options

Webinars being the order of the day due to COVID-19 crisis, the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India organized a virtual meeting under its UNCUT 2020 Webinar series on 17 August 2020, inviting all stakeholders to discuss...

31 august 2020

Angola to lift diamond output to 14 Mcts in 2022

06 february 2020

angola_flag.pngAngola is planning to boost its diamond production to 14 million carats in 2022 from just above 9.1 million carats produced in 2019, according to mineral resources minister Diamantino Azevedo.
Angola said 12 diamond producing companies will be responsible for the increase in the country’s production.
Several diamond projects are currently undergoing restructuring and receiving new investments.
These include main projects such as Luo, Camutue, Calonda and Luarica.
Azevedo told delegates at the Investment in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town on Tuesday that Angola wants to diversify its economy away from oil and diamonds.
He said they are looking at alternatives such as gold, iron ore, manganese and silver.
Azevedo also said Luanda was fighting corruption to attract new investment.
“Gone are the days when corruption was accepted practice,” he said.
State prosecutors in Angola recently indicted Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman and daughter of Angola’s former president, on fraud-related charges for mismanaging and embezzling funds during her short stint as chairperson of the state’s oil firm, Sonangol.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished from Cape Town, South Africa