Worth of gold and diamonds

Initiatives in Arts and Culture and De Beers recently co-hosted a webinar on the worth of gold and diamonds. The webinar, which was moderated by Mickey Alam Khan, the founder and editor of Luxury Daily, featured Jeffrey Christian, founder and managing...


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

Zim invites EU, western diplomats to visit Marange diamond fields

19 june 2012

Zimbabwe has invited the European Union and western diplomats in the country to visit Marange diamond fields.
Harare had been reluctant to allow anyone other than President Robert Mugabe allies to visit the diamond area, citing security reasons.
“The EU and western diplomats are visiting the Marange Diamond fields…in fact they asked for that permission long back and we have now allowed them but they are reluctant to go because they expected us to refuse,” Mines and Mining Development Minister Obert Mpofu was quoted as saying by Zim Eye.
He said the reason why they were not enthusiastic to allow the west to tour the diamond fields was that they did not want them to know ZANU (PF)’s anti –sanctions strategies.
Issues of gross human rights abuse by the military and corruption by senior ZANU (PF) officials in the diamond fields had been raised by the civic society.
The EU ambassador to Zimbabwe Aldo Dell Arricia confirmed the planned visit, which he said would be on at the end of this month.
“We will be there for few days in order to have a firsthand impression of the situation and of course how the mining plants are working because this is an important element in the economy of Zimbabwe,” he said.

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