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Birks Group
Birks Sales Rise Pre-Pandemic
Birks Group’s sales increased sharply in the latest fiscal year as three of its major retail stores reopened following renovations.The Canadian jeweler resumed trading at flagship sites in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal during the 12-month...
Retail Jul 12, 2020 Rapaport News
Gahcho Kué
Mountain Province Investor to Buy $50M in Rough
Mountain Province plans to sell $50 million worth of rough diamonds to an entity owned by one of its major shareholders, generating liquidity amid weak prices.The first sale of $22 million in diamonds to Dunebridge Worldwide will take place...
Mining Jun 09, 2020 Rapaport News
Dominion 552
Dominion Files for Insolvency Protection
Dominion Diamond Mines has filed for and received insolvency protection, a month after suspending operations at its Ekati deposit in Canada due to the coronavirus pandemic.The company was granted protection from its creditors under...
Mining Apr 23, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers Jwaneng mine
De Beers Pauses Botswana Mining
De Beers’ mining operations in Botswana have been on hold for more than two weeks amid a national lockdown, the company told Rapaport News.Debswana, the company’s joint venture with the government, paused activities on April...
Mining Apr 19, 2020 Rapaport News
Jwaneng
De Beers Converting Facilities to Tackle Virus
De Beers is using its mining sites in Botswana and its technology production center in the UK to help the fight against COVID-19.Debswana, the company’s joint venture with Botswana, is making facilities available for the government to use...
Mining Apr 06, 2020 Rapaport News
Kay Jewelers store Bethesda
Signet Closing All Stores in US, Canada
Signet Jewelers is shutting all its stores in North America due to the coronavirus, a company spokesperson confirmed with Rapaport News.The temporary closure goes into effect at the close of business on Sunday, the spokesperson said. It applies...
Retail Mar 22, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Mountain Province
Mountain Province Weighs Virus Effects
Mountain Province has delayed its year-end results by a week due to the effects of the coronavirus, the Canadian diamond miner said Monday.The company and its auditors have been unable to complete the relevant work...
Mining Mar 16, 2020 Rapaport News
Michael Hill store
Online Growth Boosts Michael Hill Sales
Revenue at Michael Hill grew 4.4% year on year to AUD 329.5 million ($216.7 million) in the Australian jeweler’s first fiscal half, as investments in digital platforms paid off.Same-store sales — at retail locations open for at least a year...
Retail Feb 27, 2020 Rapaport News
DEF
DEF Invests in Education on Three Continents
The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) has grantedits largest-ever award, to be shared among nine beneficiaries across three continents.The $470,000 training and education grant,released early last week, is designed to support girls’ education,entrepreneurship and youth...
Financial-Legal Oct 15, 2019 Rapaport News
Large Canadian rough diamond in palm of hand, GSS
Diamond Glut Prompts De Beers to Slash Production
De Beers has lowered its production forecast for this year,noting that weakness in the diamond trade negatively affected itsperformance in the second quarter.Sales volume slumped 10% to 9 million carats in the threemonths ending June 30 due...
Mining Jul 18, 2019 Rapaport News
Rough diamonds
Global Diamond Production Value Rises
Global rough-diamond output grew 2% to $14.47 billion lastyear, reflecting higher production in Botswana, according to data the KimberleyProcess (KP) released last week.The average price increased 4% to $97 per carat, outweighinga 2% decline in production volume to 148.4...
Mining Jul 07, 2019 Rapaport News
Sierra Leone
Rapaport Proposes Sierra Leone Diamond Reform
RAPAPORT PRESSRELEASE, April 17, 2019, New York … The Rapaport Trade Mission to Sierra Leoneattracted a strong group of 29 international diamantaires and jewelers. Participants were from theUS, India, UAE, UK, Switzerland, Turkey, Canada, Spain, and...
Fair Trade Apr 17, 2019 Rapaport
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
Gahcho Kué
Analysts Expect Flat Rough Prices in 2019
Rough-diamond prices will remain sluggish this year as themarket challenges that arose in the second half of last year are set to continue,two investment banks have warned.Prices are likely to drop 1% to 2% in the first half of2019,...
Rough Markets Mar 28, 2019 Rapaport News
Star Diamond
Canada Site Shows High-Value Potential
Star Diamond Corporation has noted a large quantity of high-valueand large rough stones at its two exploration sites in Canada, sending itsstock price shooting upward. Nearly 27% of diamonds at its Star project are type IIa,...
Mining Mar 04, 2019 Rapaport News
Michael Hill
Michael Hill’s Revenue Falls in First Half
Michael Hill’s sales fell 2.7% in the first half of its fiscal year due to the lingering impact of a discounting policy that it has been working to abolish, the company said. Group revenue dropped to AUD 315.4...
Retail Feb 27, 2019 Rapaport News
Stornoway
Weakness in Low-Value Stones Hits Stornoway
Stornoway Diamond Corporation’s sales fell in the finalthree months of last year as weakness in the Indian market dented prices oflower-value rough from its Renard mine in Canada. Fourth-quarter proceeds dropped 35% to CAD 32.1 million($24.2...
Mining Jan 20, 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
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
NWT Framework
Canada’s NWT Lifts Polishers’ Export Ban
Canada’s Northwest Territories (NWT) has abolished its banon diamond manufacturers sending rough to other locations for processing,potentially enabling significant cost savings for the industry. Rules in place since 1999 have required the...
Rough Markets Dec 09, 2018 Rapaport News
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