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The Drive to Lift the Artisanal Stigma
The community of Fandehun is not used to pomp and ceremony.The modest village in the heart of Sierra Leone’s Kono District has beensustained by diamond mining for over 50 years but lacks the basics many takefor granted...
Mining Jun 12, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Mountain Province
Promising New Kimberlite Found at Gahcho Kué
Geologists have discovered the first new kimberlite pipe in over 20 years at the Gahcho Kué mine in Canada, shareholder Mountain Province reported Tuesday.The find comes nearly three years after production launched at Gahcho Kué,...
Mining Jun 12, 2019 Rapaport News
Podcast June 2019
Podcast: Lightbox – the Synthetics King?
On the first anniversary since the launch of Lightbox,Rapaport’s Avi Krawitz sat with managing director Steve Coe at the JCK show inLas Vegas. Coe gives his perspective of the industry’s response toLightbox, some insight...
Retail Jun 05, 2019 Avi Krawitz
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Alrosa to Sell Directly to Consumers
Alrosa is launching a source-of-origin program that will enable dealers and consumers to buy polished diamonds with detailed provenance information.The Russian miner will create an “electronic passport” for each diamond on a new website, diamonds.alrosa.ru, presenting...
Retail Jun 04, 2019 Rapaport News
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
De Beers Tracr
De Beers Opening Blockchain to Industry
De Beers has launched an online resource for sharing information and tools that will help members of the trade join its blockchain program. The Tracr Community will provide participants with educational materials and...
Technology 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
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GIA Spots Natural-Synthetic Hybrid Diamond
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has discovered asynthetic layer that improved the weight and color of a natural diamond, and haswarned that the phenomenon may be happening more often.The cushion modified brilliant, 0.64-carat...
Technology May 20, 2019 Rapaport News
Siba Diamond
118ct. Yellow Smashes Estimate at Christie’s
A diamond bought in memory of late diamantaire Sam Abram sold for more than double its high estimate at Christie’s Geneva auction Wednesday. The cushion brilliant-cut, 118.05-carat, fancy-yellow,VS2-clarity stone fetched $7.1 million, or $60,000 per...
Polished Markets May 16, 2019 Rapaport News
De Beers Namibia
De Beers to Build $468M Diamond-Mining Ship
De Beers will increase production at Debmarine Namibia by 500,000 carats per year through the construction of a new diamond-recovery vessel, it said Thursday. The ship, the seventh in De Beers’ fleet, will increase annual output from the...
Mining May 16, 2019 Rapaport News
Mountain Province
Mountain Province Upbeat on Production
Shares in Mountain Province rose 12% Friday after it increased its production guidance for the Gahcho Kué deposit. The Canada-based miner has made plant modifications at thesite that will allow it to process between 3.2...
Mining May 12, 2019 Rapaport News
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Diamond Prices Soften Despite US Stability
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, May 7, 2019, Las Vegas … Polished-diamond prices declined in April due to continued oversupply and selective Far East demand. US jewelry sales remain firm, helping to support the global trade. The RapNet...
Polished Markets May 07, 2019 Rapaport
Mountain Province
Ex-Lucara CEO Joins Mountain Province Board
Mountain Province has added three industry veterans to itsboard, including William Lamb, the former head of Lucara Diamond Corp., it saidMonday. Lamb has more than 25 years of experience in miningoperations and project development. He served as CEO...
Mining May 06, 2019 Rapaport News
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Signet Enters Lab-Grown Market
James Allen has launched sales of lab-grown diamonds,marking parent company Signet Jewelers’ entry into the synthetics market. The e-commerce business, which Signet acquired in 2017,now gives consumers the option of “earth-created” or “lab-created” stones...
Retail May 05, 2019 Rapaport News
Venetia Mine
Diamond Miners Push Back on Ethics Claims
The major diamond miners have weighed in on the debateover which diamonds are more ethical, claiming their production uses less than one-thirdof the energy it takes to create a diamond in a lab. The operations of companies that...
Mining May 02, 2019 Rapaport News
Podcast
Podcast: Who’s Right – De Beers or the GIA?
Provenance and lab-grown diamonds have dominated the industry’s conversation for some time, but developments in 2019 have made them the year’s strongest news themes. In the 13th edition of the Rapaport Diamond Podcast,...
Polished Markets May 02, 2019 Rapaport News
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Belgium Rough Trade Slows in 1Q
Belgium saw a decline in its imports and exports of rough diamondsin the first quarter, as mining companies’ sales dropped.Shipments into thecountry slid 33% to $2.09 billion for the period, reflecting a 38% slump inrough sales...
Rough Markets Apr 28, 2019 Rapaport News
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De Beers Expands GemFair Project
De Beers is broadening a pilot project aimed at creating a secure and transparent route to market for artisanally mined diamonds with ethical sourcing. The miner introduced GemFair in April 2018 in Sierra Leone, whereit worked with 16 mine...
Mining Apr 28, 2019 Rapaport News
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De Beers Sales and Production Drop
De Beers’ sales volume fell 15% to 7.5 million carats in thefirst quarter, as overall demand for lower-value rough goods remained soft.Production for the three months ending March 31 dropped 8%to 7.9 million carats due...
Mining Apr 28, 2019 Rapaport News
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Forevermark Appoints New CEO
De Beers jewelry subsidiary Forevermark has promoted chiefoperating officer Nancy Liu to CEO, as Stephen Lussier steps back. She will take over the day-to-day running of the brand,allowing Lussier, who has been CEO since...
Retail Apr 21, 2019 Rapaport News
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