Diamonds & Gemstones

Diamond and Gemstones includes, diamonds, gemstones, coloured gemstones, ruby, emerald, sapphire and zircon. Diamonds includes diamond mining, diamond processing, kimberlite, alluvial diamond mining, cutting and polishing, beneficiation, diamond sorting, x-ray sorting, laboratory grown diamonds, lab grown diamonds, synthetic diamonds, diamond exploration, blockchain, Kimberley Process, diamond fingerprinting, diamond tailings, rough diamonds, blood diamonds, diamond tender.

Pangea aims at three commercial projects by 2009

[img:Pangea2_2.jpg|The pan plant at
Pangea’s Dimbi alluvial
diamond project in
the C.A.R.
]London, England --- MINING REVIEW.COM --- 07 August 2008 - Pangea Diamondfields plc (PDF) – a mid-tier diamond producer and exploration company with a portfolio of eight projects in Central and Southern Africa – expects to meet its stated objective of having three projects cash flow-positive and in commercial scale operation by the end of 2009.

Strike has little effect so far

[img:Strike3_0.jpg|Impala Platinum –
one of the mines
which could be hit
by today’s strike
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 06 August 2008 - Early reports suggest that today’s national workers’ strike is having little effect on the country’s mining industry.

BHP Billiton's two aluminium smelters have not been affected by the strike, and are operating normally. “We have a 99% attendance at our Hillside and Bayside smelters, and operations are normal. The few workers that did not make it were unable to do so because public transport was disrupted,” BHP spokesman Maredi Mogodi told Reuters.

Zambian government and miners discuss new tax code

[img:Zambia%20guy_0.jpg|Ng’andu Magande,
Zambian Finance
]Lusaka, Zambia --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 05 August 2008 - The government of Zambia – Africa’s biggest copper producer – has held what has been described as “fruitful talks” with the mining companies operating in the country on the subject of the new Zambian mining code.

iPAD Central Africa conference and exhibition

[img:IPAD%20CENTRAL%20AFRICA_0.jpg| ]The 4th annual Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development Conference and Exhibition (Central Africa) takes place from 7 – 9 October 2008 in Kinshasa, DRC. Typically attracting over 400 local and international participants, the event aims to facilitate sound investment in and collaboration on the reconstruction of the DRC. Delegates will get the opportunity to engage closely with contacts for business and investment in the DRC – including government and extractive industries executives, both public and private – and receive accurate, in-depth, up-to-date information about the opportunities of doing business in the DRC.

Anglo American profits up

[img:Night_0.jpg|Modikwa platinum mine
– one of Anglo
American’s South African
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 01 August 2008 - International mining giant Anglo American Plc posted record earnings and operating profits for the first six months of 2008, and is expecting an even stronger second half of the year in terms of operational performance.

DRC mining income up, but so are costs

[img:Congo%20Revenue%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Teal’s Kalumines
project in the DRC
– one of the richest
deposits in the world
]Kinshasa, DRC – MININGREVIEW.COM --- 31 July 2008 - The effects of measures to fight mineral export fraud have boosted the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government’s income from copper and cobalt mining this year, but red tape and higher local taxes are driving up costs for mining companies.

New diamond exploration in Angola

[img:Angola%20diamond_0.jpg|An exceptional 61.3
-carat fancy yellow
diamond discovered at
Lonrho’s Schmidtsdrift
mine in South Africa
]Adelaide, Australia --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 31 July 2008 - Australian-based diamond exploration and development company Lonrho Mining Limited has received government approval to commence exploration of the kimberlite targets at the Lulo diamond concession in Angola, paving the way for kimberlite operations to start at the world-class diamond area.

Petra’s huge leap in mining revenue

[img:New%20Petra%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Petra’s star
performer, the
Koffiefontein mine
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 28 July 2008 - Petra Diamonds Limited – a member of the international diamond mining group Petra Diamonds, which has operations in South Africa, Angola, Botswana and Sierra Leone – has come out with a most impressive and encouraging set of sales and revenue figures for the past year.

De Beers opens first mines outside Africa

[img:Mines2_0.jpg|An aerial view
of Snap Lake,
in Canada
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 28 July 2008 - International mining giant the De Beers Group – which is the largest diamond mining company in the world – is officially opening its first two mines outside Africa – the Snap Lake and Victor mines in Canada.

A news release issued here said the mines were being launched by De Beers chairmanNicky Oppenheimer, De Beers (Canada) chairman Jonathan Oppenheimer, De Beer Group managing directorGareth Penny) and De beers (Canada) president Jim Gowans at celebrations with employees and members of the local communities.

US$10 billion mining investment in Cameroon

[img:Cameroon1_0.jpg|The road into
central Yaounde,
in Cameroon
]Yaounde, Cameroon --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 28 July 2008 - Cameroon is luring a flood of new mining investors who it hopes will invest over $10 billion (R80 billion) and create over 27 000 jobs in the country over the next few years.

Reuters reports from here that Cameroon – rich in such minerals as bauxite, iron ore, cobalt, nickel and uranium, but long troubled by poor infrastructure, red tape and costly corruption – is now attracting the attention of some major new companies.

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