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

Botswana ships polished diamonds as it eases lockdown

19 may 2020

Interior of DTC Botswana building                                                                                  Image credit: DTC Botswana

The mining industry in Botswana is starting to get back to normal operating conditions following a lockdown to control the spreading of coronavirus, according to a senior government official.
Ministry of mineral resources permanent secretary Mmetla Masire was quoted by the local media as saying that the country exported polished diamonds last week.
He could not shed more light on the quantity of diamonds exported and to which destination.
Masire confirmed that the Diamond Trading Company Botswana, Diamond Hub and Debswana had resumed their operations.
He said about 70% of mining workers had returned to work.
"So the total workforce has gone up from 9 000 to 13 200, all in all the mining sector will be operating reasonably well," he said.
Meanwhile, the acting permanent secretary in the ministry of infrastructure Bareng Malatsi said the resumption of work was based on disease control measures, but the country will revert to lockdown should cases of covid-19 spike.

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