Uncut diamonds more trouble than their worth — experts

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The precious gems that were found in the KwaHlathi area near Ladysmith.
The precious gems that were found in the KwaHlathi area near Ladysmith.
Ladysmith Herald

A sensitive issue that is more trouble than it’s perceived to be worth, is how independent jewellers consider uncut diamonds.

Following the “diamond rush” that is causing a whirlwind of excitement in KwaHlathi near Ladysmith, the question of uncut diamonds, and their possible value, is on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

An independent jeweller, Rishen Pather, said a rough diamond dealer’s licence is required to buy uncut diamonds. Speaking about the hype surrounding Ladysmith, Pather said he believes what’s being found may be quartz stones, a gem he came across in Kimberley through people trying to make a fast buck.

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