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

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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

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

West African Resources records fatality at Burkina Faso gold project

31 january 2024

West African Resources (WAF) has reported the death of a contractor at its Kiaka Gold Project in Burkina Faso.

It said no other person was injured in the accident.

“WAF and the Kiaka safety team are working with the relevant authorities and the contracting companies involved to investigate the accident,” it said.

“We are also offering support to the family. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family and those close to our colleague during this difficult time.”

WAF is the region’s emerging mid-tier gold producer, targeting an annual output of more than 400,000 ounces by 2025 from its Sanbrado gold operations and Kiaka.

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