Reasons to Feature your Company with L2B

Why should you Feature your Company with Leads 2 Business?

Well, why not?

It is a free service we offer our clients to be noticed!

As a supplement to our blog, we have the Featured Company slot which introduces you, an L2B subscriber – who you are and what you do. Featured Company slots are s a great opportunity for you to promote your company while informing readers which industry you operate in, what your core services or products are, etc.

Your Featured Company can be shared on your social media profiles and work circles – resulting in more views with the added bonus that others in similar industries will be alerted to these offerings too.

Don’t wait, contact us now to Feature your Company so that others can get to know you too.

What we need from you:

The required information can be completed telephonically or face-to-face during a CRM call, or via email. It is all up to you. Questions can also be adapted to your unique profile.

Firstly some basics:

  1. Full Company Name (as you wish it to be displayed)
  2. Company Logo (large & on a transparent background is preferred)
  3. Picture of Person/Contact (large, clear & professional)

Secondly more in-depth:

  1. Contacts Name & Designation
  2. A little about Yourself
  3. Company description and job description: what your work entails and what you offer(product/service)
  4. When you joined L2B and why joined – i.e. what prompted it/what service you use/a feature you may like
  5. How you use L2B for your business – i.e. find Projects in Africa/Key Contacts/Market Intelligence
  6. Recent awards/projects you were involved with.
  7. Favourite thing about the construction industry or Life philosophy
  8. Something light-hearted: Have you ever driven a TLB? / Are you afraid of heights? / How many hard hats do you own / etc.
  9. Contact Details (Tel numbers, website, Address/Branch locations, and serviceable regions)


Once the necessary is supplied, we will send the article to you to proof prior to publishing.

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Featured Company: S D M Assets Management & Consulting

 

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This week we are featuring S D M Assets Management & Consulting, based in Gauteng, Western Cape, KZN and Eastern Cape. Established in 2000, SDM AMC has grown from a management consulting business into a nationwide end-to-end provider of physical asset management services to various sectors.

SDM Asset Management

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Advertising for your Brand with Leads 2 Business

Let me quickly start by telling you how far back advertising comes from.

Advertising has been around since the 16th century and will continue to evolve in different ways. It became a major force in capitalist economies in the mid-19th century, based primarily on newspapers and magazines. In the 20th century, advertising grew rapidly with new technologies such as direct mail, radio, television, the internet, and mobile devices. So why would you not advertise, if companies have done so for so long?

No matter how big or small, successful, or seasoned, your business may be, there is no excuse why a business should not advertise on a consistent basis, it is an incredibly effective and powerful way to spread informative awareness increasing the loyalty of existing customers, replacing lost customers and encouraging existing customers of your brands, products, or services. This will always be an important element of business success and by staying on top of the trends, utilizing your knowledge, and being consistent, your business should always see results from your efforts.  Indirectly, advertising helps you grow word-of-mouth referrals.

As you all know, we are internet-based, and provide Tender and Project information in the Construction, Mining, and Industrial industry. Advertise in your industry, especially now, to give your customers peace of mind that you are still around.

Advertising for your Brand with Leads 2 Business

Let the Advertising do the work for you!
Create brand awareness within a specified market and get on with the business of marketing business!

Drive targeted Construction leads to your Website.
Be Seen, Be heard!
Let your Adverts Speak for you
Achieve effective results on our advertising platform.

The Solution

Drive home a powerful marketing message to a focussed audience. Create and maintain, awareness of products and services in your business portfolio, with peace of mind that you are reaching out a directed avenue within the construction sector.
Repetitive branding works and we’re flexible. Use our advertising banner for new product launches, industry specials or to introduce your service offerings.
You will not get a better-targeted market!
We will design a customised animated banner, with quarterly updates to keep them fresh and interesting.
With a click-through link to your website, we will ensure you capture the attention of your audience, getting more business leads, because that’s what we do at Leads 2 Business!

Support

We take a proactive approach to support, if we receive notification of an email problem from your ISP, we will contact you to sort it out.
We offer Online support via live help. If there is a feature you need assistance with or a query you need to raise, we are only a click or a call away.

The Benefits

1. Reporting for your ROI Reporting function establishes banner response, allowing you to shape your campaign thereby reducing your ad spend and accelerating your ROI
2. Targeted Exposure Working for your Brand With your banner on our site, your company receives additional, targeted exposure from the South African Marketplace that reinforces your brand.
3. Repetitive Reinforcement Customised content creates daily interaction between emails and your brand.
4. Niche Exposure Your brand will be displayed to construction industry professionals and decision-makers.
5. Industry Specific Every recipient of our daily emails is involved in the construction industry and has specifically requested to receive that industry information.

 

Measurable return in investment.
Focus on your sales and let your banner advert do the marketing for you.
Repetitive branding to the industry will get highly qualified sales leads.
Using banner adverts promotes increased business returns.
Advantageously expose your website or company name right where you want it on our website.
Highly qualified sales leads for your team.

 

 

Do not hesitate, contact us now, to help you get your brand noticed in your Industry.


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Featured Company: Signs R Us

Read about who’s who in the Industry:

This week we are featuring Signs R Us based in the Krugersdorp in Gauteng. Read all about the Company here…

Signs R Us

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Featured Company: D Z Amanzi Pipeline Systems (Pty) Ltd

Read about who’s who in the Industry:

This week we are featuring Derrick Hall from D Z Amanzi Pipeline Systems (Pty) Ltd based in the Centurion in Gauteng. Read all about Derrick and the Company here…

DZ Amanzi

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Featured Company: J G Afrika

Who’s who in your Industry?

This week’s Featured Company is J G Afrika and is a slightly different one. It is a farewell message from Christine Smith, Client Liaison Officer, to our long-standing client, Charmagne Denny from JG Afrika.

JG AFrika farewell

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How to stay Positive during Lockdown and Prepare for when it’s Over

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With all the tragic things that are happening in the world as a result of the Virus, now might seem like an unusual time to talk about being positive. Yet staying positive is a core ingredient in the recipe of successful coping in a crisis.

Now, more than ever is the time for us to be proactive about creating small moments of happiness daily.

Staying home is the absolute best thing we can do. By staying indoors, we’re hoping to flatten the curve. There’s no denying all this time indoors has given us time to think. Social media seems to make some of us nervous while others use it to spread positivity.

We’re in week two now, some of us feel calmer while others are starting to feel nervous, bored or worried and a whole lot of mixed emotions.

I decided to research: How to keep busy during Lockdown, How to stay positive and what to prepare for once everything starts to go back to normal again. Here are a few things you can try.

For your Business:

During this time, everyone is looking for ways to get more exposure and build up a pipeline for after Lockdown.

Use this opportunity to your advantage by retaining access to our Project and Tender Information plus Advertising opportunities to build up your pipeline and have potential clients gain exposure to your business.

Benefits of L2B during lockdown:

L2B Support Services & Staying Safe during Lockdown

It’s Business as Usual during Lockdown We’re working remotely to ensure you get the latest up-to-date information on Project and Tender leads, wherever you are.

View and manage your information on our website from your laptop, computer or on your mobile device. Our Daily Advisory and News notification emails will be published and delivered directly to your inbox, daily.

We are Here for You: L2B staff will still be available via email, phone, Skype or Zoom for any training or queries you may have.

Work Remotely: Because of the Leads 2 Business design, working from home has never been easier. Have construction industry-related leads at your fingertips – all you need is access to the internet.

Plan for the Future: Now is the best time to prospect, build a huge pipeline and get ready for when things get back to normal. Utilize the time during lockdown to identify potential business for future months. 

Stay Connected while working remotely during Lockdown

Don’t let COVID-19 affect your productivity

1. Utilise video solutions to get face time with colleagues, clients and prospects, we are all little deprived of human to human interaction and video contact will lift everyone’s mood and makes it feel more personal.

2. Stick to your schedule, don’t cancel meetings, instead try to adjust and make sure you stick to your daily work schedule, work your normal working hours, and take lunch when you normally would.

3. Talk to your bosses or boss, proactively schedule one on one time with your boss, this will keep you motivated and keep them up to date with everything you are up to.

4. Talk to a co-worker, video chat at least once a day, exchange tips on working from home and staying positive whilst doing so.

5. Reach out, if you find yourself struggling, don’t just move on or waste time trying to figure things out, your boss and co-workers are still there, so reach out and ask for help.

Mental Health Wellness Tips during Lockdown

For you and your family.

1. Stick to a routine: Go to sleep and wake up your normal time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as family or own time. Being at home all the time can result in falling into some bad habits, such as avoiding regular breaks, working longer hours, and not taking regular screen breaks if you are working from home.

To avoid falling into a slump, try to establish a daily routine and stick to it.

Start your day at roughly the same time each day and make sure to set aside time for regular work breaks. Also stick to a routine with your children, who rely on routines constructed by others to make them feel safe and to know what comes next.

2. Dress for the social life you want, not the social life you have.  Get showered and dressed in comfortable clothes, wash your face, brush your teeth.  Take the time to do a bath or a facial.  Put on some bright colours.  It is amazing how our dress can impact our mood.

3. Pamper yourself, sometimes a bit of ‘me-time’ is sorely needed, so why not enjoy the ultimate relaxed night in and pamper yourself? Run a hot bubble bath, light some candles, and unwind with some music while enjoying a relaxing soak. Try some relaxation techniques

If you are having trouble switching off from everything, why not try some relaxation techniques.

4. Get out at least once a day, for at least thirty minutes. In the sun, in the garden. If you can. Spend time with your pets. Maybe take a drive to the shops. If you are concerned about contact, try first thing in the morning, or later in the evening, and try less travelled streets and avenues.  If you are high risk or living with those who are high risk, open the windows and blast the fan.  It is amazing how much fresh air can do for spirits.

5. Staying active, find some time to move each day, for at least thirty minutes.  If you don’t feel comfortable going outside many YouTube videos offer free movement classes, and if all else fails, turn on the music and have a dance party! Staying active not only ensures you keep your body moving, but exercise also helps to reduce stress, boost your energy levels and keep you more alert.

6. Reach out to others, you guessed it, at least once daily for thirty minutes. Try to do FaceTime, Skype, phone calls, texting—connect with other people to seek and provide support.  Don’t forget to do this for your children as well.  Set up virtual playdates with friends daily via FaceTime, Facebook Messenger Kids, Zoom, etc—your kids miss their friends, too! Our sales team does the same, just to check in with each other. Many of us may be fond of messaging, but you can’t beat having a face-to-face conversation with someone. While that may not be possible for most now, you can keep in contact with your loved ones by alternative means and ditch the texts in favour of video calls.

7. Stay hydrated and eat well: This one may seem obvious, but stress and eating often don’t mix well, and we find ourselves over-indulging, forgetting to eat, and avoiding food.  Drink plenty of water, eat some good and nutritious foods.

8. Savour the small moments: This can look different for everyone.  Even during Lockdown, you still have many small moments to savour. The smell of coffee, the feel of the warm shower on your back and so on. When you stop to take in these moments, rather than let them rush by on automatic pilot, you are giving your brain a chance to process the pleasure, which boosts your serotonin – the feel-good neurotransmitter that helps elevate your mood and make you feel calm. Bubbles to blow or blowing watercolour on paper through a straw are visually appealing as well as helps to control breathing.  Mint gum, Listerine strips, ginger ale, ice packs, and cold are also good for anxiety regulation. For children, it is great to help them create a self-regulation comfort box (often a shoebox or bin they can decorate) that they can use on the ready for first aid when overwhelmed.

9. Strengthen your connections: For those of us in family lockdown, now is the opportunity to spend quality time with our loved ones. Take the time to hug your kids or partner, look them in the eyes, have long conversations with them – all of these gestures promote closeness and also boost your oxytocin, which is a hormone that bonds people and also has a calming effect on your body. When your oxytocin levels spike, they tell your body to switch off cortisol, the stress hormone. Children will rarely communicate how they are feeling but will often make a bid for attention and communication through play.  Understand that play is cathartic and helpful for children—it is how they process their world and problem solve, and there’s a lot they are seeing and experiencing in the now.

10. Find your own retreat space: Space is at a premium, particularly with city living. Think through your own separate space for work and for relaxation.  For children, help them identify a place where they can go to retreat when stressed.  You can make this place cosy by using blankets, pillows, cushions, scarves, beanbags, tents, and “forts”.  It is good to know that even when we are on top of each other, we have our own special place to go to be alone.

11. Limit social media and COVID conversation: One can find tons of information on COVID-19 to consume, and it changes minute to minute.  The information is often sensationalized, negatively skewed, and alarmist.  Find a few trusted sources that you can check in with consistently, limit it to a few times a day, and set a time limit for yourself on how much you consume. Keep news and alarming conversations out of earshot from children—they see and hear everything and can become very frightened by what they hear.

12. Notice the good in the world, the helpers: There are also a ton of stories of people sacrificing, donating, and supporting one another in miraculous ways.  It is important to counterbalance the heavy information with hopeful information. Appreciate those who are working to keep us safe. Look for the good in others when we tune into these positive and pro-social aspects of the crisis, we are united in hope.

13. Help others: Find ways, big and small, to give back to others.  Offer to grocery shop, check-in with elderly neighbours, write psychological wellness tips for others—helping others gives us a sense of agency when things seem out of control.  

14. Organize your surroundings: In moments of big uncertainty and overwhelm, control your little corner of the world.  Organize your bookshelf, purge your closet, put together that furniture, group your toys.  It helps to anchor and ground us when the bigger things are chaotic.

15. Give yourself a project, find a long-term project to dive into.  Having a fun project to focus on will not only help to keep you busy every day. Now is the time to learn how to play the keyboard, put together a huge jigsaw puzzle, paint a picture, read a new story, writing, gardening, crochet a blanket. Research has shown that repetitive movement (knitting, colouring, painting, clay sculpting, jump roping etc) especially left-right movement (running, drumming, skating, hopping) can be effective at self-soothing and maintaining self-regulation in moments of distress, find something that will keep you busy, distracted, and engaged to take breaks from what is going on in the outside world. Challenge yourself to learn how to cook something new!

16. Find lightness and humour in each day:  Watch something funny each day: cat videos on YouTube, a stand-up show on Netflix, a funny movie—we all need a little comedic relief in our day, every day.

17. Reach out for help: If you are having difficulty coping, seek out help for the first time.  There are mental health people on the ready to help you through this crisis.  Your children’s teachers and related service providers will do anything within their power to help, especially for those parents tasked with the difficult task of being a whole treatment team to their child with special challenges.  Seek support groups of fellow home-schoolers, parents, and neighbours to feel connected.  There is help and support out there, any time of the day, although we are physically distant, we can always connect virtually.

18. Remind yourself daily that this is temporary: It seems during this lockdown that it will never end.  It is terrifying to think of the road stretching ahead of us.  Please take time to remind yourself that although this is very scary and difficult and will go on for an undetermined amount of time, it is a season of life and it will pass.  We will return to feeling free, safe, busy, and connected in the days ahead.

19. Find the lesson: See the potential positive outcomes this can affect, the meaning and construction that can come out of destruction.  What can each of us learn here, in big and small ways, from this crisis?  What needs to change in ourselves, our homes, our business our communities, our nation, and our world?

20. Stay Positive and Stay Safe!

What is the first thing you’ll do once everything goes back to normal?

It’s a good question, to be honest. Now, life is pretty much on hold which doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll all be free to go about our days again straight away.

Perhaps, when we’re finally allowed back outside, we’ll start to appreciate the little things more.

Rearranging missed dates: Afternoon teas, baby showers, Braai with friends, cinema trips, eating out, theme park visits, weekends away, birthdays, anniversaries- whatever you’ve missed or had to sacrifice during lockdown- don’t let it be forgotten- rearrange it once you can and fill up your diary again. 

Spending time with your friends: Because they are the family you choose and unfortunately can’t live with! You will be able to have a good catch up and an inevitable moan about the last few weeks. 

Spending more time with the family that doesn’t live with you: If the lockdown has taught us anything, it’s the importance of family and being present with them. So, once we are all safe to get out and about again- spend more time with your family and don’t put off visits or give excuses, make the effort because you know what the alternative feels like now. 

Comparing stories: We will all have lived through the same situation however everyone’s experiences will be very different. It’s important, once we can spend time with those outside the family home- to unpack the last few weeks/months by talking it out with others. 

Booking a holiday: If you have holidays left at the end of lockdown, make sure you use them wisely. Given the amount of time you will have spent at home, you might want to fly far away or do day trips every day- whatever you prefer, you have earned a well-needed break from the nest. 

Get back to the Gym: Being active and join your normal Pilates or dance classes, or any activity that provides classes.

Getting back to work: Enjoy your office space again. Working all those leads you have compiled.

Sources:
Cherry Professional
India Today
Edinburgh News
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Featured Company: Verni Speciality Construction Products (Pty) Ltd

Who’s who in your Industry?

This week we are featuring Verni Speciality Construction Products (Pty) Ltd, based in South Africa & Africa. Sue Eagleton is the New Business Development Manager for Verni and you can read what she has to say here…

Verni

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Featured Company: Zenzele Valves (Pty) Ltd

 

Who’s who in your Industry? This week we are featuring Zenzele Valves (Pty) Ltd, based in Alberton, Gauteng. Thokozane Mbatha, is in Sales Support & the Project Tracker at Zenzele Valves (Pty) Ltd and you can read what he has to say here…

 

 


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Precious Gems and Stones in South Africa

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Precious Gems and Stones in South Africa

Not the usual blog you would find in our industry. Just a tad different with interesting thoughts and insights you might not have ever thought about before.

All the bright images of these “bling’s” comes to mind from beauty and great riches for so many centuries.
Come to think about it gemstones have long fascinated the human population. Not only to be used as investments by the rich, who used to show off the red rubies, shiny diamonds or the enormous emeralds to display wealth, status and power owned only by the royalty. People have treasured gems for many reasons throughout history.

Believe it not, the gems and stones inspired myths, curses and has been used as medicine before. Religious symbols, amulets and good-luck charms are one of the most known reasons today. Ancient people believed that certain gems would protect them from misfortune, illness and unhappiness. All the gemstones we so greatly treasure and admire come from various depths and locations in the earth’s crust.

I can write forever and a day about all the different stones and gems and all the superstition symbols of hope, luck, and many more. But can’t help myself to name the most obvious.
The number twelve is common in gem lore. Twelve gems that represented the twelve tribes of Israel were set in the breastplate of Aaron, the first high priest of the Hebrews. Among Christians, symbolic gems represented the twelve apostles.

The Twelve Tribes The Twelve Apostles
1. Levi, garnet Peter, (Jasper)
2. Zebulon, diamond Andrew, (Sapphire)
3. Gad, amethyst James, (Chalcedony)
4. Benjamin, jasper John, (Emerald)
5. Simeon, chrysolite Philip, (Sardonyx)
6. Issachar, sapphire Bartholomew, (Sard)
7. Naphtali, agate Matthew, (Chrysolite)
8. Joseph, onyx Thomas, (Beryl)
9. Reuben, sard James the Less, (Topaz)
10. Judah, emerald Judy, (Chrysolprase)
11. Dan, topaz Simon, (Hyacinth)
12. Asher, beryl Judas, (Amethyst)

In addition, gems have long been associated with the signs of the zodiac and with the sun, moon, and planets.

Signs of the Zodiac
Aries the ram, (Bloodstone)
Taurus the bull, (Sapphire)
Gemini the twins, (Agate)
Cancer the crab, (Emerald)
Leo the lion, (Onyx)
Virgo the virgin, (Carnelian)
Libra the scales, (Chrysolite)
Scorpio the scorpion, (Aquamarine)
Sagittarius the archer, (Topaz)
Capricorn the goat, (Ruby)
Aquarius the water bearer, (Garnet)
Pisces the fishes, (Amethyst)

Did you know that the most expensive gemstone ever sold was the Pink Star Diamond that was sold for $83 million? Also known as the ‘Fancy Vivid Pink’ diamond, this stunning gemstone was mined in 1999 in South Africa, with a weight of 59.6 carats. Because of the selling price of $83 million, this diamond became the most expensive gem ever sold.

Did you know that Queen Elizabeth crown that she has worn for 63 years also has a diamond in from South Africa? Weighing a breath-taking 3 106 carats, this diamond was discovered in 1905 by Pretoria’s Premier Mine inspector, Thomas Wells, who initially mistook it as a piece of glass placed by the miners to prank him.
When its identity was revealed, the diamond was named The Cullinan after the owner of the mine and purchased by the Transvaal government as a gift for King Edward VII. Then plans were made to have the precious diamond shipped to England on a boat, always protected by top security. However, it was later revealed to be an elaborate ruse created to fool any hopeful thieves – the Cullinan was in fact sent to England in the mail, with no security whatsoever.
Did you know in 1867 South Africa’s first diamond, later called the Eureka, was discovered on the banks of the Orange River near Hopetown by 15-year-old Erasmus Jacobs. He was playing around on his father’s Northern Cape farm at the time and a pretty transparent rock caught his eye. It was a neighbour, Schalk van Niekerk, who identified this ‘rock’ as a diamond.

So where do gems come from?
Most gemstones are minerals or rocks and occur in favoured sites in the earth’s crust or in the gravels that result from the weathering of rocks. Of the beautifully crystallized minerals that seem useful for gems, only a very few meet the standards and are sufficiently beautiful, durable, rare and large enough to be cut into saleable stones. As a class of natural objects gemstones are exceedingly rare.

About one hundred chemical elements make up the earth. Oxygen and silicon are by far the most plentiful elements in the earth’s crust, and they occur in most minerals. In gemstones, they are major ingredients in amethyst, aquamarine, emerald, garnet, peridot, topaz, tourmaline and zircon. Oxygen is a major ingredient in ruby, sapphire, chrysoberyl and spinel.

As a mineral form, certain atoms attract each other and arrange themselves in an orderly geometric pattern called the crystal structure. All mineral crystals have their atoms arranged in some combination of fourteen basic patterns.

Minerals usually occur as crystalline grains in rocks. Because the grains compete with neighbouring ones for very limited space, there usually isn’t room for complete crystal shapes to form. Time is another important factor in crystal growth. When molten rock cools quickly, natural glass or tiny crystals form. Slower cooling time gives larger crystals time to grow. Large crystals may form whenever conditions are right. They may grow slowly into open spaces in cracks or hollows in the rocks.

Occasionally, near perfect crystals are found. A mineral’s internal atomic structure determines its distinctive exterior crystal shape. Crystal shape often helps identify and distinguish gem minerals from one another.

Today, many gems can be created in laboratories. Synthetic gems have the same chemical composition and physical properties as naturally formed gemstones. A simulated gem may look like a natural gem, but there the similarity ends.
As with other gems, most precious gemstones are minerals. This mineral, however, is a chemical element or compound that forms in nature and possess a unique internal atomic structure, crystal. Minerals usually form because of inorganic processes that occur in rocks.

Furthermore, since mineral deposits can be found all over the world, so can the various gemstones.

In fact, many gems and stones come from South Africa and this is the reason why the industry remains sturdy.
Of some interest is the mining techniques used to procure such brilliant gems.

The following is a list of South Africa gems and minerals listed in our database:

• Chatoyant Quartz
• Enstatite
• Rhodonite
• Grossular Garnet
• Rhodochrosite
• Petalite
• Platinum
• Plasma Chalcedony
• Diamond
• Chrysoprase
• Microcline
• Uvarovite
• Gold
• Zoisite
• Chrysoprase
• Diopside
• Chrysoberyl
• Pyrope
• Phosphophyllite
• Labradorite
• Dravite
• Taaffeite
• Rutile
• Tugtupite
• Lapis Lazuli
• Turquoise
• Sillimanite
• Oligoclase
• Spodumene
• Gypsum
• Tektites
• Shell

 

If you are interested in buying gemstones in South Africa you need to look out for the following:

How to buy gemstones in South Africa
1. Look at the background of the seller!
2. Look at the credentials of the seller!
3. Study the gemstone.
4. Is the gemstone from South Africa or not?
5. Check the integrity of the seller.

 

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References:
Cape Town Diamond Museum
Rock Hounds
Touch Gemstones
Gemrock Auctions
Cape Town Magazine
Interflora
Gem5
Diamond Portfolio
SAMAA

 

 

 

About Christine Smith

My journey started in 2015 with Leads 2 Business, as an Account Executive, and gradually grown to take the role of being the Client Liaison Office (CLO) since 2018. Assisting in the delivery of our services and insuring our clients expectations and requirements are exceeded.

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