Author Archives: Dr Shihaan Larif

Toxic Tailings from Catocha Dam in Angola Pollute Tshikapa River in DR Congo Killing People and Animals

Catoca Diamond Mine in Angola, a joint venture between the Angolan state diamond company Endiama and the Russian state-controlled diamond producer Alrosa, with each partner holding a stake of 41%, is not only the biggest diamond mine in Angola producing 75% of the country’s output but also one of the biggest in the entire world. […]

Are Diamods Produced in Zimbabwe Coming Under Category of Conflict Diamonds ?

Do diamonds produced by the Government of Zimbabwe come under the category of “Conflict Diamonds” as defined by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) ? Farai Maguwu, the founding director of the Centre for Natural Resources Governance (CNRG) thinks that these diamonds do come under KPCS, and in support of his arguement he cites allegations […]

Satisfactory Business at the JCK Rescheduled Trade Shows

The rescheduled JCK Show and JCK Luxury Show due to be held from August 24 to 30, 2021, at the Venetian Resort & Sands Expo at 201, Sands Avenue, Las Vegas, was held as scheduled despite the low turnout and participation at the shows, caused by the rapid spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19 […]

Petra Sells 342-carat White Diamond and 18-carat Blue Diamond into a Partnership with Stargems (Pty) Ltd

London-listed Petra Diamonds Ltd. Owners of the historic Cullinan Diamond Mine in South Africa, announced on 25th August 2021, the sale of a 342-carat, Type IIa, white diamond, whose recovery was announced on 28th July, 2021 and an 18-carat, Type IIb blue diamond also recovered from the Cullinan Diamond Mine, for a total of US$ […]

SCS and SCI Together Put Forward a Credible Certification System for Origin of Diamonds Known as SCS-007 for both Natural & Lab-Grown Diamonds

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme established in 2003 by the United Nations General Assembly Resoliution 55/56 following recommendations in the Fowler Report, was intended to prevent conflict diamonds that were financing violence by terrorist rebel movements and their allies seeking to undermine legitimate governments mainly in Africa, from entering the mainstream rough diamond market. However, […]

Lucara Recovers Seventh 300+Carat Diamond and Third Gem-Quality 300+Carat Diamond for 2021

Lucara Diamond Corporation, the Canadian diamond mining company, the sole owner and operator of the Karowe Diamond Mine in Botswan, in a press release dated July 29, 2021, announced the recovery of a 393.5-carat, top white, Type IIa gem-quality diamond, the third such 300+ carat gem-quality diamond recovered from the Karowe Diamond Mine in 2021 […]

Lead Glass Filled Synthetic Ruby Submitted to GIA for Identification

Gems & Gemology, the quaterly scientific journal of the Gemological Institute of America in its Spring 2021 issue reported the surprising news of the detection of a lab-grown Ruby being filled with Lead glass, a process usually applied to natural rubies using a filling material with a Refractive Index very close to natural rubies, to […]

World’s First Ever Public Tender Sells 2.00-Carat Fitzpatrick Argyle Pink Diamond For US$ 1.62 Million

An Australian Technology Startup Yourdiamonds.com founded by Tim Goodman, a former Executive Chairman of Sotheby’s Australia, was requested by an Australian Finance Corporation, as mortgagee in possession, holding a collection of five rare Argyle pink diamonds, to sell the stones on their behalf. The diamonds ranging in size from from 0.40-carat to 1.01-carat were expected […]

Lucara Recovers one of the World’s Largest Rough Pink Diamonds from the Karowe Mine in Botswaana

Lucara Diamond Corporatiion, a Canadian diamond mining company, the sole owner and operator of the Karowe Diamond Mine in Botswana, in a press release dated July 13, 2021, announced the sensational recovery of a 62.7-carat fancy pink rough diamond from the EM/PK(S) unit of the South Lobe, the source of top white gem-quality 341-carat and […]

Petra Sells Rough Blue Diamond for Record-Breaking US$ 40 million

Petra Diamonds Ltd. owners of the Cullinan Diamond Mine in South Africa, sold an exceptional 39.34-carat blue rough diamond, recovered at their historic diamond mine in April this year, for a record-breaking price of over US$ 40 million, one of the highest prices ever realized for a rough diamond sold by any company. 39.34-carat-type2b-rough-blue-diamond-recovered-by-petra-diamonds-in-april-2021 The […]

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