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

Botswana Diamonds gets five-year prospecting licence

21 june 2023

Botswana Diamonds has been granted a five-year prospecting permit in South Africa on property holding a cluster of kimberlites.

The Reivilo cluster has three kimberlite pipes, with sizes of 3.1 ha, 1.7 ha, and 0.9 ha.

“We’ve got two major project areas. The one is in South Africa, in the Northern Cape, and I hope to be able to go into the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy conference in a couple of weeks to talk about this,” Botswana Diamonds managing director James Campbell was quoted by Mining Weekly as saying to a Junior Mining Indaba.

“This is the Reivilo cluster of kimberlites, which, interestingly, if you look in the historical literature, very, very little is spoken about, and that’s quite rare for a kimberlite or diamond province in the world. It’s five kimberlites, near the surface, but need a fair amount of work, but they are diamondiferous.”

G10 and eclogitic garnets were found in drilling core samples, and micro-diamond analyses have begun with the collection of samples.

Botswana Diamonds got a databank on Reivilo in exchange for royalty from Petra Diamonds.

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