Nosiphiwo Mzamo: South Africa's State Diamond Trader wants more cutting and polishing centres by 2027

South Africa’s State Diamond Trader (SDT), which is mandated to buy and sell rough diamonds as well as promote beneficiation and equitable access to the country’s diamonds, is targeting having 20 cutting and polishing factories in the country...

19 february 2024

Vipul Shah, Chairman of GJEPC: Indian manufacturers are making cautious decisions to align inventory with demand

Vipul P Shah as Chairman of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India (GJEPC) has been at the forefront to drive export demand. Here, in an exclusive interview with Rough&Polished, Vipul Shah opines on the various challenges being...

12 february 2024

James Campbell: Botswana Diamonds optimistic of receiving Thorny River mining permits this year

Botswana Diamonds had hoped to commence operations in the second half of 2023 at the Thorny River hard rock kimberlite dyke system in South Africa; however, the company was unable to secure the necessary mining permits in time.

05 february 2024

Underground operations are the most economical approach to extend Jwaneng mine's lifespan – De Beers

Debswana, a 50/50 joint venture between De Beers and Botswana's government, recently announced plans to make an initial investment of $1 billion in the Jwaneng underground project. In an exclusive interview with Rough & Polished's Mathew Nyaungwa...

29 january 2024

Simon Njovu, Board Chairman of Small Scale Miners Association Of Zambia (SSMAZ) : We need to support the ASM sector

Simon Njovu is currently the Board Chairman of The Small Scale Miners Association of Zambia (SSMAZ). Here, in an Exclusive Interview with Rough&Polished, Simon Njovu explains in detail, giving an insight into the workings of SSM & Artisanal miners...

22 january 2024

An extraordinary rough pink diamond "Rosa Estrella" from Brazil at AV Globale auction

15 may 2023
                             Image credit: AV Globale

AV Globale, a distinguished auction and tender house,  announced the discovery of a rare rough pink diamond weighing 7.44ct. 
Mined from the depths of Southeastern Brazil, the magnificent stone boasts a strong pink hue with an exceptional level of saturation.
As expected, Rosa Estrella will command a dazzling price at the forthcoming international tender by AV Globale from 10th to 14th June 2023 at the iconic Dubai Diamond Exchange. 
Its rarity and remarkable attributes position the stone as a highly sought-after investment opportunity, symbolizing both the splendor of natural treasures and the allure of exceptional gemstones, AV Globale reports. 

Alex Shishlo for Rough&Polished