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Gem Central: A Window into 150 Years of Diamonds, Kimberley and Surrounds

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21 Ely Place

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EC1N 6TD

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Gem-A gemmologist, Charles Evans FGA DGA, embarked on an incredible trip to diamond mines in the Kimberley region of South Africa in September 2017, where he was part of a group with exclusive underground access to three of the most historically significant and largest mines of our time.

At this time he visited some of the open cast operations run by junior miners and witnessed multiple methods of recovery and extraction as well as gaining an understanding of the changing face of mining in a setting that challenges the idea that ethical mining can only be small scale and artisanal.

The trip was rounded off with a visit to Botswana for the 11th International Kimberlite Conference.

Join Charles Evans to hear a gemmologist's view of a geological world.


About Charles Evans:

Charles Evans FGA DGA, has enjoyed a multi-faceted career, journeying from his native Zimbabwe to South Africa, Namibia, Australia, Scotland and now London. After developing an “uncomfortably close acquaintance” with an asbestos mine in the Northern Cape region of South Africa, Charles travelled to Scotland and spent five years working with the Cookson Group on thermal ceramics manufacturing. Next stop on his global journey was the Laverton region of Western Australia, where he could be found diamond drilling at the Gwalia, Sunrise Dam and Granny Smith mines. This experience led him to extensive, albeit unsuccessful, fossicking in both the Rubyvale gem fields of Queensland and the New England region of New South Wales. When Charles wasn’t trading Australian sapphire, he was nurturing his passion for computer sciences. This interest in IT and how technology can support the gem trade led him to his current role as the IT and operations manager at Gem-A.

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