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

Unicorn mulls expansion of its exploration focus to Africa

03 april 2024

Unicorn Mineral Resources, an Irish-based mineral exploration and development company, says its board has unanimously backed a proposal by executive director Jason Brewer to expand the company's scope.

The company plans to explore advanced and near-term zinc, lead, copper, and silver projects in East and Southern Africa.

Mining Weekly reports that when Brewer was appointed in December 2023, it was highlighted that his extensive experience and industry connections, especially in Africa, would give the company access to new opportunities for growth and improvement in its mineral rights and licences.

In addition to Unicorn's ongoing exploration plans and activities in the Irish Midlands Orefield, the executive management team has been conducting initial technical and legal due diligence review work on a few promising base metal exploration and development projects in East and Southern Africa.

The board believes that making strategic investments in mine development and production opportunities that can be quickly advanced to production has the potential to greatly increase shareholder value.

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