Consumers attracted to diamond jewelry more than ever

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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

Indian diamond industry looks for recovery options

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31 august 2020

Israeli miner eyes Marange diamonds

02 december 2013

Israeli mining investor Yaron Yamin and his local partners are on the verge of tying a deal with the Zimbabwean government to mine diamonds in Marange.
The state-owned Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) was required by law to control at least half of shareholding in any operation in Marange.
Daily News reports that Yamin, who had been residing in the southern African country for 10 years and currently engaged in gold mining, had lined up two of Jerusalem’s “largest” diamond miners to invest in the venture.
“We have proposed a joint venture for mining diamonds in Marange and upon finalisation of our paperwork, we expect to start exploration in the next two weeks,” he was quoted as saying.
Yamin and his backers were ready to put in $20 million worth of equipment to support the diamond mining company.
One of the companies currently operating in Marange, Anjin Investments, recently asked the Zimbabwean government to allocate it with new mining concessions as their block was fast running out of alluvial gems.
The Zimbabwe Independent quoted unnamed sources as saying that Anjin representatives approached the mines ministry with their request last week.
This revelation followed a report by a local weekly, The Financial Gazette, which claimed that the quality and quantity of diamonds mined in Zimbabwe’s Marange had been on a “decline” since 2012.
It quoted ZMDC board chairperson Florence Gowora as saying that miners were now switching to mining conglomerates.
“We have to go deeper and we need equipment for that. We also need to expand and explore further. There is a lot of untapped land and we need to establish what we have under the ground," she said.

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