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

"Rosa Estrella" sells for $1.1 mn in AV Globale June Tender

23 june 2023

AV Globale, a leading tender and auction house, concluded its Rough Diamond Tender on June 20, 2023. The tender saw the sale of 40% of the goods offered, including the star stone of the event, 7.44 ct "Rosa Estrella", which sold for $1.1 mn.

“We are pleased with the results of our June Tender,” said AV Globale Founder and Chairman, Ashish Vijay. “The sale of Rosa Estrella was a highlight, and we believe that the overall results were not as bad considering the recent price slashed by Rapnet and the lack of buyer’s confidence in buying rough diamonds.”

The upcoming AV Globale tender will be held on the DDE floor, Almas Tower, Dubai in July 2023.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished