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

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

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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

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18 march 2024

Eduard Gorodetsky: Currently we see high demand for synthetic diamonds for use in technology segment rather than in jewelry

Director General of the Advanced Synthetic Research Center Eduard Gorodetsky told Rough&Polished about the current situation at the company, new exclusive technologies in the synthesis and production of lab-grown crystals, as well as the Research Center’s...

11 march 2024

Saudi Arabia is in talks with Pakistan to acquire stake in Reko Diq

07 november 2023

Saudi Arabia may acquire partial ownership in Reko Diq, one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper and gold deposits, through an equity purchase with Pakistan’s government.

Mark Bristow, CEO of Barrick Gold that develops the project, said: “That’s something that is in the hands of the Pakistan government to come to a decision on. We would support any decision that’s made by the Pakistan government with the Saudis.”

The project, in the Balochistan region bordering Afghanistan and Iran, is capable of producing 200 000 t of copper and 250 000 oz of gold a year for more than half a century.

Reko Diq is 50% owned by Barrick, with Pakistan’s federal government holding a 25% stake and the Balochistan regional government owning the rest. Barrick will not dilute its equity in the project.

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