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

De Beers inaugurated its GemFair pilot programme in Sierra Leone’s Kono District with 14-member mine sites in 2018 to create a secure route to market for ethically sourced artisanal and small-scale diamonds. GemFair programme manager Ruby Stocklin-Weinberg...

16 august 2021

Leak at Angola diamond mine pollutes DRC rivers – report

24 august 2021
A leak of heavy metals from a diamond mine in northern Angola is said to be causing an "unprecedented environmental catastrophe" in the Democratic Republic of Congo rivers, according to media reports.
Reuters quoted researchers at Kinshasa University as saying that satellite imagery and interviews revealed that a reservoir used to store mining pollutants was allegedly breached mid-last month in a diamond-mining area stretching from Lunda Sul to Lunda Norte provinces in Angola.
Congo Basin Water Resources Research Centre (CRREBaC) director Raphael Tshimanga said two tributaries of the Congo river, the Tshikapa and Kasai rivers, turned red, killing fish and hippopotamuses as well as causing diarrhea amongst communities along their banks.
"We have never seen such huge pollution in the Congo river," he said.
"It is still increasing, the consequences are beyond what we could imagine. This is a catastrophe. It's an unprecedented environmental catastrophe."
Congo's environment minister Eve Bazaiba also said in a statement that the pollution of the rivers had been caused by a toxic substance spill at an industrial diamond mine in Angola.
The Congolese and Angolan governments are jointly investigating the source of the pollution.

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