Debswana to invest $1.2Bn to extend Jwaneng mining to 2035

The De Beers-Botswana government joint venture, Debswana Diamond Mining, is set to invest $2 billion in a project to extend the lifespan of its Jwaneng mine to 2035.

ALROSA sells large diamonds at auction in Vladivostok for $9 million  

ALROSA, a global leader in diamond mining, held an auction in Vladivostok for special size rough diamonds (over 10.8 carats), with the overall revenue amounting to $9.1 million.

WJA Hosts Inaugural Women Executives Forum on International Women’s Day

The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) hosted the inaugural Women Executives Forum in New York City to build purposeful relationships among top women leaders across the jewelry and watch sectors.

Gem Diamonds: 13.33-Carat Pink Sets Record Price For Diamond From Letseng

Gem Diamonds Limited has announced that a 13.33-carat pink diamond recovered at the Letšeng mine in February has been sold at tender in Antwerp for US$8,750,360.

IDE Leaders Wrap Up Successful Visit to Angola with Promise of Increased Rough Supply

A delegation of the heads of the Israel Ministry of Economy and the leadership of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) visited Angola this week, and met with key officials in the country’s rough diamond sector. Initiated by IDE, the visit was meant to take advantage of changes in Angola’s diamond marketing policy to increase direct rough diamond sales to Israel.

Alrosa Helping To Create Improved Governance For Catoca

Angolan diamond miner Catoca Ltd Mining Co, which is a joint venture between Russia's ALROSA and Angola’s state-owned diamond mining firm Endiama, say it is taking significant steps toward improving the quality of Catoca’s corporate governance.

AIGS Lab launches App to verify its gemstone reports

The AIGS Lab has launched an App that can verify AIGS gemstone reports, creating additional protection for customers.

The App, which is effective from March 10, can verify the following AIGS reports: AIGS Master Gemstone Report (MGR & MGRS), AIGS Full Report, AIGS Diamond Report, AIGS Master Jade Report (MJR), and AIGS Brief Report.

GIA Hong Kong Celebrates Laboratory Expansion

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Hong Kong celebrated the relocation and expansion of its laboratory on Feb. 18 – just three days after the Institute marked its 88th anniversary.

Susan Jacques, GIA president and CEO, and Tom Moses, GIA executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer, attended the opening reception for the new facility in Kowloon with laboratory clients and industry executives. The laboratory will continue to expand its services.