Varvara Dmitrieva: The jewelry industry of Yakutia is distinguished by its creativity, unique cultural code and conservation of traditions

Varvara Dmitrieva, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Precious Stones and Metals Processing Technologies of the North-Eastern Federal University, told Rough&Polished about the results of the Forum of jewelry Craftsmanship and the prospects...

16 april 2024

Valery Budny: There is no strategy and legislation in Russia enabling the full cycle processing of precious raw materials within the country

Valery Budny, Head of the Jewelry Russia program and CEO of the JUNWEX media holding, told Rough&Polished about the results of the meeting and pressing issues in the precious metals and precious stones (PMPS) and the jewelry sectors.

11 april 2024

Paul Zimnisky: Natural diamonds face the risk of eroding their appeal if constantly discounted

New York-based independent diamond and jewellery analyst and consultant Paul Zimnisky told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that the industry should do away with discounts. He said the industry should treat natural diamonds...

01 april 2024

Edahn Golan: Lab-grown diamond prices to continue declining

In an exclusive interview with Rough&Polished's Mathew Nyaungwa, Edahn Golan, proprietor of the eponymous Edahn Golan Diamond Research and Data, predicted that the prices of lab-grown diamonds would continue to decline, especially at the retail and...

25 march 2024

ADPA’s Ellah Muchemwa: G7 restrictions to bring extra costs from diamond mining to retail

The African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA), which has openly registered its disdain for the G7’s rough diamond trade restrictions, is of the opinion that the move will bring extra costs on all stages, from mining to retail. ADPA executive...

18 march 2024

Ivanhoe reaches record copper production at DRC mine

07 june 2023
Ivanhoe Mines achieved a monthly output record of 35 856 tonnes (t) of copper concentrate in May  at its Kamoa-Kakula copper complex in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
This compares to the previous month’s output of 34 826 t, bringing the quarter-to-date total to 70 682 t. 
A new daily milling record of 29 366 t of ore was also achieved from Phase 1 and 2 concentrators, which is equivalent to a yearly milling rate of 9.8 million tonnes.  
Ivanhoe said the results exceed the additional milling capacity of 9.2-million tonnes per year realised as a result of the Phase 1 and 2 concentrator debottlenecking programme, which was completed in February. 
Meanwhile, the miner said that construction activities for the Phase 3 expansion with a capacity of 500 000 t of more than 99%-pure copper anodes, were progressing as planned for first production in the fourth quarter of 2024. 
Ivanhoe completed the concrete foundations for the Phase 3 concentrator's two ball mills, as well as the foundations for the flotation cells.

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