Platinum’s rare nature gives it additional value and appeal

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Marco Carniello: We want to continue to be the engine boosting the jewellery industry

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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

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Debswana prolongs lifespan of mines to 2050

27 august 2014

Debswana, a joint venture between De Beers and the Botswana government, has extended the lifespan of its mines in the southern African country to 2050.
Company managing director Balisi Bonyongo was quoted by APA as saying that the extension would solidify Botswana’s position as the world’s leading diamond producer by value.
He also said that Debswana would continue to support beneficiary efforts in the country and ensure Gaborone becomes an international hub for diamond aggregation, marketing, polishing and cutting and jewellery production.
De Beers moved its entire $6 billion-a-year “sales operation” from London to Gaborone last year.
Debswana currently owns four kimberlite mines in Botswana. They are Jwaneng, Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa.
De Beers’ production leaped 12 percent year-on-year to 16 million carats during the first half of the year thanks to improved performance at Debswana and the South African operations.

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