Clare Appleyard is the co-founder and Diamond Specialist at Katannuta Diamonds. A recipient of a De Beers bursary, Clare studied geology at the University of Cape Town, graduating with a Masters Degree in 2000.
As part of the De Beers “Geologist in Training” programme, she was exposed to all aspects of diamond mining and diamond exploration and in 2001 started work at the De Beers Geoscience Centre in Crown Mines, Johannesburg. Over the course of 6 years she was involved in both diamond research and geochronology, assisting in the on-going hunt for new kimberlites.
After a brief detour as a Mineralogist at Anglo American Research Laboratories, Clare was introduced to the world of cut and polished diamonds and resigned from her corporate life in 2007, to start Katannuta Diamonds with her partner.
For the last 11 years, she has combined her love of science and diamonds with the challenging industry of retail diamonds, gemstones and jewellery. With a high focus on education, Katannuta Diamonds has established itself as one of South Africa’s leading bespoke jewellery manufacturers.
Her energetic enthusiasm, combined with knowledge and a passion for diamonds and gemstones has led to Clare being a sought-after speaker for those wanting to learn more about this fascinating, and often misunderstood, industry. As a current participant in the global Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Mentorship programme, Clare is committed to encouraging female entrepreneurship across Africa.”