Field Trip 9: Gaborone Gems – Diamond Sorting

This field trip will visit the following rough diamond sorting facilities in Gaborone:

The Diamond Trading Company Botswana sorts and values the entire Debswana production prior to purchase by De Beers and the Okavango Diamond Company. De Beers Global Sightholder Sales sorts and values the De Beers Canadian production as well as aggregates for sale De Beers global production from Canada and southern Africa including Botswana.

Registered conference delegates or accompanying persons will have the choice of one of the above (subject to availability). Two visits will be conducted per day to both facilities on each of the five conference days. Each group will visit a sorting facility for one hour with the entire trip lasting up to three hours including travel. Please note the visits will occur during the morning, thus overlapping with 11 IKC technical sessions. 

Please note, unlike other field trips, Field Trip 9 registration will remain open until 15 August 2017. Delegates must have their passport with them when attending this field trip. The passport must match the details provided by the delegate during registration. 

Dates Monday 18 September to Friday 22 September 2017

BWP 500 (see registration page for further details)

Number of Delegates
This field trip is limited to 245 delegates in total between the two facilities as follows:

  • Diamond Trading Company Botswana - 125 delegates 
  • De Beers Global Sightholder Sales - 120 delegate

Delegates will be provided a choice at the time of registration for only one of the above. Accompanying persons who register for this field trip will be allocated the first Monday morning time slot . 

Start and End Points

Gaborone International Convention Centre. Transportation will be provided in buses. 

Photo credits left to right: Diamond sorting at DTC Botswana, Ulf Nermark; sorted diamonds, Mike Brook, Debswana; diamond polishing, Mike Brook, Debswana; cut diamond inspection, Mike Brook Debswana; Diamond Trading Company Botswana sort house, Gaborone, Steinmetz from Mike Brook.