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.


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

CleanTech commissions lithium production plant in Chile

26 march 2024

CleanTech Lithium (CTL), an exploration and development company advancing lithium projects in Chile, has commenced production of lithium chloride eluate at its Copiapó processing plant, a part of the Laguna Verde project.

The plant has a design capacity of one tonne of lithium carbonate equivalent per month. The company plans to ship its produce to North America for conversion into battery-grade lithium carbonate.

"Our pilot plant has commenced operation with the first volume of lithium chloride eluate produced," said the company's CEO Aldo Boitano.

"The pilot plant positions CTL as a leader in the sector and in Chile, with first eluate production representing a significant milestone for the company."

In the initial stages of the project, CleanTech plans to offer samples of the product to potential strategic partners such as major auto and battery manufacturers, in preparation for off-take agreements.

Theodor Lisovoy, Editor in Chief of the European bureau, Rough&Polished