Pandora’s endorsement of lab-grown stones will not devalue natural diamonds – Zimnisky

Jewellery retailer Pandora recently announced that it will no longer purchase natural diamonds as it had switched to lab-grown diamonds. However, diamond market analyst Paul Zimnisky told Rough&Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that...

07 june 2021

“The volume of Forevermark diamonds that we drive through Indian partners is much higher than in other parts of the world,” says Sachin Jain

Sachin Jain has been a part of the Indian arm of De Beers that dates back to 2010 when he came on board as Head of Retail. In year 2014 he took over as President of Forevermark and today he is the Managing Director of De Beers, India. His single-minded...

31 may 2021

GSI's new Jaipur office to specialize in colored gemstones

Gemological Science International (GSI) has opened a new laboratory in Jaipur, India. Since this state is the capital of colored gemstones, the laboratory will have a dedicated division specializing in colored gemstone geographical origin and...

24 may 2021

“We welcome the mandatory hallmarking in the interest of consumers, but it is also essential to have proper and evenly spread infrastructure across India,” asserts Ashish Pethe, Chairman, GJC

Ashish Pethe, Chairman of All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC), formerly known as All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF) is based in Mumbai. As the third-generation heir of M/s Waman Hari Pethe Jewellers established...

17 may 2021

ALMAR is a case in point that will serve to develop the process of funding junior companies and geological exploration in general

Arkticheskaya Gornaya Kompaniya (AGK, Arctic Mining Company) develops the diamond deposits in the Lena-Anabar diamondiferous sub-province of Yakutia under the ALMAR (Diamonds of the Arctic) brand. This company attracts investments for...

10 may 2021

South Africa drafts exploration programme implementation plan

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The South African government’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has drafted an exploration programme implementation plan, according to President Cyril Ramaphosa.
He told parliament Thursday without providing more details on the draft that South Africa had extensive reserves of some of the world’s most valuable minerals and extensive mining expertise.
“We are working with the industry to promote renewed investment through a conducive policy and regulatory framework,” he said.
“This includes efforts to reduce current timeframes for mining, prospecting, water and environmental licences.” 
The South African Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe said in February 2020 at the African Mining Indaba that the country is planning to expand exploration activities.
“We want to see more exploration taking place,” he said then. 
“The intention is to grow the national target from below 5% to respectable levels within the next few years. Government has, therefore, invested in the integrated and multi-disciplinary geoscience mapping programme.”
South Africa is a leading producer of platinum, gold and diamonds, among other minerals and precious metals.

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