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Was Vegas Worth the Gamble
Was Vegas Worth the Gamble?
As rain fell for about five minutes on the typically sunbaked Las Vegas strip on the opening day of the JCK show, one couldn’t help but sense things might be a bit different this year. Was...
Mining Jun 13, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Mahiar Borhanjoo
Venus Jewel Exec to Join DFL Group
Mahiar Borhanjoo is set to leave Venus Jewel Internationalto become CEO of the DFL Group, the company behind a new onlinepolished-diamond hub. Borhanjoo has been managing director of India-based Venus Jewel, aleading polished manufacturer and...
Polished Markets Jun 02, 2019 Rapaport News
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De Beers Sales Slump 25% in May
De Beers’ sales fell to their lowest level in more than ayear and a half, as a slowdown in the Indian manufacturing sector hit roughdemand. Revenue dropped 25% to $415 million for the fourth salescycle of the year, which...
Rough Markets May 21, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Lucara
New Tender Schedule Boosts Lucara Results
Lucara Diamond Corp.’s revenue nearly doubled in the firstquarter, as it introduced a new tender process which enables it to sell its higher-value stones faster. Revenue rose 92% to $48.7 million, as sales volume increased50% to 95,057 carats. The...
Mining May 12, 2019 Rapaport News
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Karowe Mine Yields 1,758ct. Diamond
A 1,758-carat diamond that Lucara Diamond Corp. discovered in Botswana has overtaken the famed Lesedi La Rona as the largest rough stone ever found in the country. The stone was unearthed at the Karowe mine and...
Mining Apr 28, 2019 Rapaport News
Okavango
Botswana Unveils 20ct. Okavango Blue Diamond
Okavango Diamond Company (ODC) has revealed a 20-caratpolished stone, the largest blue diamond to come out of Botswana. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has graded the oval brilliant-cut, type IIb diamond as fancy deep...
Polished Markets Apr 17, 2019 Rapaport News
De Beers sight box
De Beers Reduces Sightholder Supply
De Beers sightholders are bracing for lower rough supplyfor the rest of 2019 as the miner reduces its production and fulfills itscommitments to support local manufacturing in Africa.The company expects production to drop as its Victor minein...
Rough Markets Apr 08, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Botswana Zimbabwe
Botswana Denies Zimbabwe Loan Report
The president of Botswana has repudiated claims that thecountry planned to loan Zimbabwe $600 million to support its diamond industry and private sector. Last week, Zimbabwe’s media quoted its secretary of foreign affairs and...
Rough Markets Mar 03, 2019 Rapaport News
De Beers Veneita
Higher Costs Hit De Beers Profit
De Beers’ earnings fell in 2018 due to the costs of new initiatives such asits Lightbox synthetics business.Underlying earnings slid 34% to $349 million, as capital expenditure rose 53% to $417 million for the year, the company...
Mining Feb 21, 2019 Rapaport News
Sorting at DTC Botswana
De Beers Green-Lights Disclosure-Rule Changes
De Beers has approved plans to allow sightholders to referto its goods as “DTC diamonds,” a company spokesperson confirmed with RapaportNews on Tuesday. The miner consulted with clients during the December sightin Botswana, proposing to relax its...
Mining Jan 08, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Lucara Karowe sorting
Lucara Completes First Sale on Clara Platform
Lucara Diamond Corp. recorded an 8% premium in theinaugural sale of rough on its new digital platform, which it completed lastmonth, the miner reported Tuesday. Five out of seven participating manufacturers andjewelers came away with goods, with...
Rough Markets Jan 08, 2019 Rapaport News
Lesedi La Rona
Lesedi La Rona May Once Have Been 2,774ct.
The second-largest diamond in history was probably twice as big before it broke into pieces, researchers at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) have claimed.Similarities between the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona, the 812-carat Constellation and three...
Mining Dec 20, 2018 Joshua Freedman
De Beers sight box
De Beers Ready to Relax Its Provenance Rules
De Beers is planning to loosen its source-disclosure restrictions for sightholders following requests for increased transparency, Rapaport News has learned.The company consulted with clients during this week’s sightin Botswana, proposing to let them refer...
Rough Markets Dec 13, 2018 Joshua Freedman
De Beers
De Beers Sales Slip to $440M
De Beers recorded its lowest-value sales cycle this year asweak Indian demand prompted it to drop prices of cheaper goods. Proceeds fell to $440 million in November as the miner reducedprices by high-single-digit percentages for rough diamonds costing...
Rough Markets Nov 20, 2018 Rapaport News
Rough diamonds
Alrosa Exits Botswana Exploration Project
Alrosa has sold its 50% stake in the Sunland Mineralsexploration project in Botswana, according to its former joint-venture partner. Botswana Diamonds bought the Russian miner out for a“nominal sum” and now owns the...
Mining Nov 18, 2018 Rapaport News
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DEF Offers Botswana Trip to Contest Winners
The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) has launched a proposalcontest aimed at millennials, promising a free trip toBotswana for the winning couple. The competition — named “Real Stories. Real Diamonds. RealImpact”. — aims to educate the public...
Polished Markets Nov 04, 2018 Rapaport News
Gem Diamonds Letseng
Large Stones Prove Profitable for Gem Diamonds
Gem Diamonds swung to a profit in the first half of theyear, boosted by the sale of large, high-quality stones from its Letšengmine in Lesotho. Profit was $24.2 million for the period ending June 30,versus a loss of $2.9...
Mining Sep 05, 2018 Rapaport News
Okavango
Okavango Revenue Falls in First Half
Sales at Okavango Diamond Company (ODC) dropped 16% to $260 millionin the first half of 2018 due to a limited supply of rough, Reuters reported. Sales volume declined 1.7% to 1.8 million carats, theBotswana-based trading company added...
Rough Markets Aug 21, 2018 Rapaport News
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Botswana’s Rough Exports Drop in 1H
Exports of rough diamonds that De Beers mined in Botswanadeclined 2.5% to $1.67 billion in the first half of 2018, according to data thenation’s central bank released this week. Shipments fell 6% year on year to $758.1 million in thesecond quarter,...
Rough Markets Aug 02, 2018 Rapaport News
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De Beers Sales Volume Rises in Positive Market
De Beers’ sales volume and production grew sharply in thesecond quarter amid strong trading conditions, the miner’s parent companyreported Thursday. Rough-diamond sales rose 69% to 10 million carats during thethree months ending June 30,...
Mining Jul 19, 2018 Rapaport News
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