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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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West African Diamonds says Guinea diamond mine in commissioning phase

08 june 2009

West African Diamonds says it is currently commissioning the Bomboko alluvial mine, in Guinea.
West African Diamonds chairperson John Teeling was quoted by South African media as saying that that early production at the Bomboko mine showed grades in excess of 7.5 ct per hundred tons (cpht) and 66 percent good-quality gemstones
The mine contains an estimated eight-million-tonne resource with the average price standing at greater than USD135/ct.
The 4 000-t/m operation had been rapidly expanding up to 20 000 t/m, with monthly gross revenues estimated at about USD200 000. 
An estimated 750 000 ct of diamonds is believed to be held in the mine.
West African Diamonds states that the potential for significantly higher diamond values also exists.
The miner had been undertaking exploration work at the Droujba kimberlite pipe, in Guinea.
West African Diamonds has completed a detailed review of the Droujba evaluation project, including an independent data assessment and comprehensive geophysical survey.
The Droujba evaluation plan also consisted of bulk sampling of kimberlite to determine grade and diamond value, and diamond drilling to determine the volume.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Rough&Polished from Namibia