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...


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

Blackstone hunts partners for its Nickel Refinery in Vietnam

06 october 2023

Junior Blackstone Minerals is looking for partners to feed its planned nickel refinery in Vietnam.

Speaking at the Australian Nickel conference, in Perth, Blackstone MD Scott Williamson said the company was hoping to source 50% of the feedstock for the proposed 40 000 t/y nickel refinery, with its own Ta Khoa nickel project, also in Vietnam, to provide the balance.

A definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the refinery project is under way, and Williamson said on 4 Oct, 2023: “The idea is that yeah, 50% of our feed will come from third-party feed, and that's where we're looking to also potentially bring in a partner into the downstream refinery. So the downstream partners will most likely come from either lithium-ion battery or car manufacturers. We are looking to sell down up to 50% of the project. And they will also bring some of that experience and capability to convert into that precursor chemical product, the NCM 811."

“Those partners most likely will come from South Korea or Japan or China, some of the biggest players in the industry we've been talking to for many months now. They are waiting for that final DFS which is very close, and then we can look at a joint venture partnership. They will bring in a significant amount of capital, they'll de-risk the project and we will get the re-rate,” he added.

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