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

Eastern Platinum’s first phase of Zandfontein underground now fully operational

07 march 2024

Eastern Platinum says the initial phase of the Zandfontein underground operations at the company’s flagship Crocodile River Mine (CRM) in South Africa is now fully operational.

CRM is located within the Bushveld Complex, host to approximately 80% of the world’s PGM-bearing ore, in northeastern South Africa.

"It is my pleasure to announce that the soft restart of the Zandfontein underground operations is complete and is fully operational,” commented Wanjin Yang, CEO of Eastern Platinum.

“We can now begin to ramp up underground mining efforts and bring run-of-mine (“ROM”) material to the surface, where we will begin the first batch of ROM processing in the second quarter of 2024.”

Eastern Platinum plans to achieve a mining run rate of 40,000 tonnes per month by the end of 2024 and process up to 235,000 tonnes of ore from underground production this year.

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