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De Beers Cuts Clients, Keeps More Goods in Africa
De Beers has reduced its sightholder list in a revamp of its supply system, with more goods expected to go to pure-play manufacturers, especially those with Africa-based factories.The new list features fewer diamond dealers than before, as De Beers...
Rough Markets Jan 17, 2021 Joshua Freedman
Karowe Mine 150
Lucara Receives 25-Year Karowe License
The Botswana government has allowed Lucara Diamond Corp. to mine at the Karowe deposit until 2046, enabling it to pursue its plans to launch underground operations.The country’s minister of mineral resources, green technology and energy security...
Mining Jan 05, 2021 Rapaport News
Rough diamond and sorting labels, Kimberley
Top Miners Release Dates of 2021 Rough Sales
De Beers, Alrosa and Rio Tinto have published their schedules for next year’s contract sales, which account for the bulk of the miners’ rough supply.De Beers will continue its format of holding 10 sights...
Rough Markets Dec 28, 2020 Rapaport News
Venetia mine
De Beers Trims Production Plan for Coming Years
De Beers has reduced its production plan for the next two years, aiming to avoid releasing too much rough into the market as the diamond sector attempts to exit the crisis that dominated 2020.The...
Mining Dec 13, 2020 Rapaport News
Rapaport Research Reports Dec2020
Botswana Ready to Leverage Its Diamond Supply
The December edition of the Rapaport Research Report, published on Monday, presents an in-depth analysis of how Covid-19 has impacted Botswana’s diamond industry and, by extension, its economy. As the poster child for the diamonds-do-good story,...
Rough Markets Dec 08, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Sorting at DTC Botswana
De Beers Planning Return of Botswana Sights
De Beers intends to reintroduce sights in Botswana in the first quarter of 2021, enabling a more efficient sales process following months of viewings in scattered locations.The miner plans to offer sightholders the flexibility to attend sales in Gaborone or continue inspecting...
Rough Markets Dec 06, 2020 Joshua Freedman, Avi Krawitz
Looking at polished diamond through loupe at Almod
De Beers Aims for Full Traceability by 2030
De Beers has pledged to provide the origin and impact of all its diamonds by 2030 as part of a plethora of sustainability goals it has set out for the coming decade.By 2025, it will “scale” programs that help identify...
Retail Nov 30, 2020 Rapaport News
Damtshaa mine De Beers
De Beers to Stop Production at Botswana Mine
Debswana, De Beers’ joint venture with Botswana, will pause mining at the Damtshaa deposit for an indefinite period, citing a lack of financial viability given market conditions.“In the current environment, the marginal cash flow produced...
Mining Nov 11, 2020 Rapaport News
Jwaneng mine
Diamond Rebound to Boost Botswana Growth
Botswana’s government expects the country’s economy to return to growth next year on the back of a recovery in the diamond sector.The nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) will increase 7.7% in 2021, Thapelo Matsheka, minister of finance and...
Mining Oct 21, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers Office in Botswana
De Beers Turns to Tech as Layoffs Loom
De Beers is no stranger to changing strategy. Throughout its 130-plus-year history, the company has often adjusted its approach, sometimes with just a few tweaks, and on other occasions with radical consequences for the diamond market....
Rough Markets Aug 03, 2020 Avi Krawitz
De Beers Sight Box
Challenges Persist as De Beers Sees Red
De Beers suffered heavy losses in the first half of the year due to Covid-19, and cautioned that substantial challenges would remain for the diamond market.The diamond miner fell into the red for the...
Rough Markets Jul 30, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamonds
Petra Sells Botswana Business for $300K
Petra Diamonds has sold three exploration projects to Botswana Diamonds for $300,000, the mining companies announced Monday.The transaction includes Petra’s KX36 project, a kimberlite in Botswana the miner discovered in 2010, as well as two other...
Rough Markets Jul 21, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers.
Covid-19 Ravages De Beers Sales
De Beers’ sales and production nosedived in the second quarter as the coronavirus crushed diamond demand throughout the pipeline and forced shutdowns at several mines.“Demand for rough diamonds was significantly impacted by a combination of Covid-19 restrictions...
Mining Jul 16, 2020 Rapaport News
Alrosa rough diamonds
Buyers Snub De Beers and Alrosa over High Prices
De Beers and Alrosa continued to see rock-bottom sales in June as buyers rejected the miners’ high rough prices in favor of cheaper goods from smaller suppliers.“[The major miners] want to hold on to prices, so people don’t see any...
Rough Markets Jun 29, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Lucara Podcast
Eira Thomas Confident Lucara Can Navigate Crisis
The diamond mining sector has been hard hit by the coronavirus crisis. There has been a significant drop in demand — when rough sales could even take place — forcing miners to reconsider their production programs...
Mining Jun 22, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Rough diamonds in a loupe
De Beers Sight Opens with Viewings in Antwerp
De Beers has been holding sight viewings in Antwerp this week as part of its move to offer goods in locations other than Botswana due to the coronavirus.The company might also enable customers to view rough in Hong Kong...
Rough Markets Jun 17, 2020 Joshua Freedman
De Beers sorting GSS
De Beers Offering Sight Goods Outside Botswana
De Beers will hold viewings of sight goods in locations other than Botswana, enabling customers to access the company’s rough amid travel restrictions.The miner will introduce the provision in “relevant diamond centers” for the upcoming...
Rough Markets Jun 02, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Rough diamond in Kimberlite
De Beers Offers 100% Deferrals at May Sight
De Beers is allowing rough-diamond customers to skip all purchases at next week’s sight, as shutdowns of manufacturing and retail markets have led to minimal demand.The sight will be the second consecutive sale at which the miner has allowed...
Rough Markets Apr 30, 2020 Joshua Freedman
De Beers Podcast
Podcast: How the Pandemic Is Changing De Beers
The diamond industry will need to tweak its messaging to emphasize the values its product and brands represent, De Beers executives stressed in the Rapaport Diamond Podcast. Rapaport Senior Analyst Avi Krawitz spoke with...
Marketing Apr 27, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers Donation
De Beers Bolsters Coronavirus Aid Package
De Beers and its parent company Anglo American have contributed an additional $3 million in aid to help mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19.The donation, announced Monday, will be split between two emergency finance bodies in South Africa,...
Mining Apr 21, 2020 Rapaport News
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