Platinum’s rare nature gives it additional value and appeal

Huw Daniel is the CEO of Platinum Guild International, overseeing market development activities in China, Japan, India and the USA, on behalf of the platinum producers of South Africa. Before taking up this role in 2015, Huw ran PGI USA for 12 years...

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Marco Carniello: We want to continue to be the engine boosting the jewellery industry

Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) is a leader in Italy in the organisation of trade fairs and one of the main operators in the trade fair and conference sector at European level, with structures in Rimini and Vicenza, as well as further sites in...

06 september 2021

There is a significant need for smart and technological financial solutions in the diamond industry

MDPS, the Israeli start-up Fintech company from the Mazalit Group is gearing up to enter the diamond industry soon. Zeev Maimon, the CEO of MDPS is also the Founder / CEO of MAZALIT, a B2B payment platform designed and dedicated to the global diamond...

30 august 2021

The future for synthetics lies in that it has become possible to grow a stone you want and make what you want out of it

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23 august 2021

De Beers’ GemFair ropes in more than 160 Sierra Leone artisanal miners

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16 august 2021

Kimberlite exploration: Lucapa seeks majority stake in Lulo

21 april 2021
Lucapa Diamond has resumed discussions with its Angolan partners to secure a majority stake in the 3,000km2 Lulo kimberlite exploration licence.
Lucapa currently has a 39% stake in the kimberlite exploration joint venture, while Endiama has a 51% controlling stake with the balance going to Rosas & Petalas.
Lucapa said it believes that securing a majority stake in the kimberlite exploration licence will open up opportunities to expedite the programmes aiming to identify the primary hard-rock sources of the exceptional alluvial diamonds being mined by SML at Lulo. 
Meanwhile, the company said the clearing of the haul road to access the priority kimberlites in the Canguige catchment is completed and final capping of the road will be done using kimberlite sample overburden as sample excavation gets underway following the end of the wet season.
Bulk sampling of the prospective kimberlites within and adjacent to the Canguige catchment area and the remaining prospective kimberlites in the wider Cacuilo valley will commence following the end of the wet season and continue throughout 2021, it said.
Lucapa said kimberlite delineation drilling of the remaining high-priority targets in the Canguige catchment area was also completed.
At least 20 holes totalling 691 metres were drilled by quarter-end, leading to the discovery of one new kimberlite, L036 in the Canguige catchment area. 
"Drilling is now continuing in the South East of the project area where a remote camp has been set up for the drilling crews," it said.

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