Young Diamantaires: We create initiatives for the benefit of diamond communities worldwide

The World Federation of Diamond Bourses recently launched its Young Diamantaires website. The organization has worked for the past four years with young members of the diamond community all over the world to create a platform through which they can express...

29 june 2020

Those who implement the right anti-crisis strategies have more chances

It is not surprising that because of the pandemic and the crisis, the most heated debate in the jewellery industry is about what is happening and the possible ways of survival. Irina Slesareva, an expert, art director of the Russian Diamond Line contest...

22 june 2020

The secondary diamond market in Russia is not mature although its prospects are huge

Pavel Barannik, the founder and head of the Moscow Gemological Laboratory, the founder of the Gemological Institute and President of the Moscow Diamond Club, graduated from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). He is an expert and consultant...

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Johan Erikson: The industry needs to spend more on advertising and marketing

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08 june 2020

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

Botswana Diamonds commences bulk sampling on Marsfontein

19 march 2020

Botswana Diamonds has commenced a bulk sampling campaign on its Marsfontein project, in South Africa.
The company said late last month that it had intersected a kimberlite at shallow depth in two out of the three holes (30 to 33m and 36 to 39m) on Marsfontein.  

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This kimberlite, it said, is believed to be associated with the high grade Marsfontein M1 kimberlite pipe and has been identified as 'high-interest'.  
Bulk sampling will be done on the site of the remnant kimberlite of the same type encountered in the drill samples.
“Treatment will be undertaken by Vutomi's mining contractor at a nearby diamond processing facility using two stage crushing, screening, pans, x-ray and grease recovery processes,” said Botswana Diamonds.  
Meanwhile, the AIM and BSE listed diamond explorer said a national disaster in respect of the Coronavirus has been declared in South Africa. 
This, it said, will impact the scheduling of the project in the coming weeks.

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