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...

13 september 2021

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

Alex Popov, President of the Moscow Diamond Exchange and head of the Âme jewelry brand, which uses lab-grown diamonds to produce jewelry, sat for an interview with Rough&Polished sharing his views on the coexistence of natural and man-made diamonds in...

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

Large-scale underground mining at Gemfields’ Kagem seen economically viable

03 october 2012

AIM-listed Gemfields said an underground feasibility study has shown that extending the current open pit mine at its Kagem emerald mine in Zambia to a large-scale underground operation will be economically viable.
The study, which only covered Kagem's existing principal pit on the Fwaya-Fwaya belt, also gave a projected 20-year life-of-mine producing approximately 34 million carats per annum.
Gemfields would commence accelerated underground construction and development at the mine in the financial year 2014 – 2015.
"We will now look to accelerate the development and implementation of a large-scale underground project at our flagship operation on the Fwaya-Fwaya belt, while continuing to assess the potential future development of the additional belts available within the greater mining licence area," said chief executive Ian Harebottle.
The emerald miner also reported a positive JORC Code compliant Indicated Mineral Resources of 2.75 million tonnes or 1.0 billion carats of emerald and beryl at 365 carats/tonne

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