Unifying role is the main objective of the National Gemological Association

Yuri Shelementiev runs the Gemological Centre (GC) at the Moscow State University and is a president of the National Gemological Association (NGA) uniting the gemologists of Russia. The head of the MSU’ GC and the NGA answered the R&P’s...

15 july 2019

“Our goal is to bring clarity to the offering of Lab Grown Diamonds”, asserts Chris Casey, President, Lab Grown Diamond Council

Chris Casey is a 15-year veteran of the diamond and jewelry industry.  Chris also has extensive experience in market research as Founding Managing Director of the NPD Diamond and Diamond Jewelry Service where his responsibility included the...

08 july 2019

Dr. Michael S. Krzemnicki: Our dedication to scientific research is an important foundation to our expertise

Dr. Michael S. Krzemnicki, PhD, Director of the Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF, in an interview with R&P told about the activities and plans of one of the world's leading Gemological laboratories specializing in scientific research of diamonds...

01 july 2019

“Lab-Grown Diamonds is probably the biggest scam this industry has ever seen,”: Leibish Polnauer, Founder-President, Leibish & Co.

An interesting story from the Leibish & Co takes you way back to the year 1979 when young Leibish Polnauer, then a diamond polisher, was travelling to London, having just found out that the factory at which he worked had been shut down. He found an advertisement...

24 june 2019

Botswana mining industry players speak on speculative exploration licences

Speculative mineral exploration licences was a recurring theme from presentations made by three players in Botswana mining industry at a conference convened in Gaborone. The country has issued thousands of exploration licences, across the mining industry...

17 june 2019

Marange Resources hit by $178k lawsuit

13 may 2015
Marange Resources has been taken to court by a transport company based in Zimbabwe’s second capital, Bulawayo for failing to pay for services rendered between January 2012 and November 2013.
The state-controlled Chronicle newspaper reports that Ferreira Construction and Transport was demanding $178 000 from the diamond company, which hired low-bed semi-trailers to transport mining machinery and equipment.
“During the period 2012 to November 2013, the defendant contracted the service of plaintiff by hiring low-beds at its diamond fields in Marange at an agreed rate of $2800 per day. The plaintiff raised invoices in respect of the services and defendant was obliged to settle the money within 30 days of presentation for payment,” the transport company’s lawyers said.
Marange Resources had reportedly made inconsistent payments for the past three years, which amounted to $25 000.
The diamond company was owned by the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC).

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