Gaetano Cavalieri: We need to protect the long-term health of our industry

The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) represents the entire jewelry industry embracing a whole variety of companies, from those mining precious metals and gems to those, which are manufacturing and selling final products. The confederation...

23 march 2020

Sierra Leone mulls setting up entity to buy diamonds from artisanal miners

Sierra Leone will revise its Mines and Minerals Act that will, among other issues, pave way for the establishment of a State entity that can buy diamonds from artisanal miners, an official has said. The National Minerals Agency of Sierra Leone director-general...

16 march 2020

David Block, CEO of Sarine Technologies believes that AI will play a bigger role in the industry in the next few years

Armed with an MBA degree from the Kellogg-Recanati School of Business, and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Tel Aviv-Jaffo Academic College in Israel, David Block is the present CEO of Sarine Technologies, a worldwide leader in the...

10 march 2020

Botswana wants to fully participate in research and development led by De Beers

Although the government of Botswana has refused to review its latest demands from the ongoing negotiations for a new sales and marketing deal with De Beers, it has indicated its desire to fully participate in research and development led by the diamond...

02 march 2020

High-tech trend is most promising for industries using diamonds

Synthesis Technology is a leading diamond producer in Russia. The company produces carbon single crystals - lab-grown diamonds and single-crystal wafers. The diamonds completely identical to natural ones are ‘grown’ at the laboratory using advanced HPHT...

25 february 2020

Lucapa recovers 64 ct lla diamond at Mothae mine

19 march 2020
Lucapa Diamond has recovered a “top-quality” 64 ct D-colour Type Ila diamond at its 70%-owned Mothae mine, in Lesotho.
It said the 64 carat diamond is the 12th +50 carat diamond recovered from the mine since commercial production commenced in January 2019 and further underlines Mothae’s status as a source of large and premium-value diamonds.  

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Image credit: Lucapa Diamond


Other significant recoveries include a 0.3 carat blue gem, which shows that Mothae also hosts rare Type IIb diamonds, which account for less than 0.1% of global diamond production. 
The new 1.1 Mtpa Mothae kimberlite mine produced more than 30,000 carats in its first year of production, including three +100 carat diamonds.

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