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

Bezant pursues exploration as it awaits copper/gold mining licence in Namibia

13 february 2024

Bezant Resources is actively pursuing exploration on its 70%-owned Hope and Gorob copper/gold project in central Namibia as it awaits a mining licence.

The company also submitted a social and environmental impact assessment to interested and impacted parties for their opinion.

The current mineral resource estimate confirms the feasibility of a Phase 1 open pit operation and Phase 2 underground mine, with 15 million tonnes containing 1.2% copper and 0.4 g/t gold.

The additional work conducted on the project will greatly contribute to the optimisation of the process flowsheet, final mine design, and eventual commencement of operations.

Bezant had been working on formulating a work programme to efficiently prepare the project for swift execution.

This includes conducting metallurgical test work, engaging in discussions with potential mining contractors, designing the underground mine, exploring options with a potential hybrid renewable energy solution supplier, and negotiating with a service provider for the supply of major infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Bezant said it is currently conducting an initial in-house mineral assessment for the Kanye manganese project in Botswana.

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