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

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

Andrada sees lithium potential in Namibia

14 march 2024

Andrada Mining, an African technology metals mining company with a portfolio of mining and exploration assets in Namibia, says preliminary modelling indicates an initial production of 30,000 tpa from 1.7 million tonnes per annum run-of-mine of technical grade petalite concentrate.

Company chief executive Anthony Viljoen said there is potential offered by the lithium production opportunities.

“In the short-term, we are targeting initial sales of our pilot plant production into the spot glass-ceramics market whilst progressing discussions with potential long-term off-takers across the lithium value chain to access other markets, particularly the battery market,” he said.

“The integration of petalite production will create further value for our shareholders and solidify our position as a key producer in the technology metals industry.”

Viljoen said exploration drilling programmes are ongoing across all assets to expand the size and scope of the mineral resources.

He said the collaboration between their exploration and metallurgy teams expedites test work to facilitate the transition of projects from exploration to development and, ultimately, production.

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