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

Marula advances resource drilling, mining at the Blesberg lithium-tantalum mine

14 august 2023

Marula Mining will spend R26 million ($1.35 million) on a resource drilling, exploration, and mine planning programme for its Blesberg lithium and tantalum mine in South Africa.

The African-focused mining and development company said the programme will be funded by Q Global Mining, a subsidiary of Q Global Commodities.

“Our activities at the Blesberg Lithium and Tantalum Mine are moving ahead at pace," said Marula Mining chief executive Jason Brewer.

“Whilst we are continuing to progress the mining and processing of the high-grade spodumene and lithium mineralisation in the historic stockpiles, we are now also moving ahead with a resource drilling, exploration, and mining programme.”

He said that the work will include a geophysics programme spanning 1,200 km2, a five-trench exploration programme, and a two-phased 38-hole, 2,900m drilling programme.

"This study work will give us an indication of the opportunity that I believe Blesberg presents to Marula and shareholders,” said Brewer.

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