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Sewelo diamond
Louis Vuitton Buys 1,758ct. Diamond from Lucara
Lucara Diamond Corp. has sold Botswana’s largest diamond to Louis Vuitton in a rare move that will see the fashion house partner with an Antwerp manufacturer to polish the stone.The mining company will receive an up-front...
Rough Markets Jan 16, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamond
UK Secures Deal to Keep Rough Trade Alive
The UK has secured independent membership of the Kimberley Process (KP), enabling it to continue participating in the international rough-diamond trade after the nation leaves the European Union.Britain’s decision to withdraw from the EU on January 31 requires the...
Rough Markets Jan 15, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Store in NY diamond district
US Trade Slowdown Continues
US diamond shipments fell in November, according to government data. Polished imports declined19% as lower volumes outweighed an increase in the average price. US Trade Data for November 2019 Nov 2019 Year-on-year change Polished imports $1,382 -19%...
Polished Markets Jan 13, 2020 Rapaport News
Lucara
Lucara Tender Beats Expectations
Lucara Diamond Corp. achieved higher sales than itexpected at its final tender of the year as market stabilization drove anincrease in rough prices.The owner of the Karowe mine in Botswana brought in $52.9million, 16% above its prediction,...
Mining Dec 19, 2019 Rapaport News
De Beers diamonds on glass table
De Beers Rough Prices Decline 5% in 2019
A drop in rough-diamond prices and a sales shift tolower-value items weighed on De Beers’ profitability in the second half,according to executives at parent company Anglo American. The miner’s rough-price index fell around 5% year onyear for the first...
Mining Dec 16, 2019 Rapaport News
Rough and polished diamonds
Pressure on Diamond Midstream Likely to Increase
Diamond manufacturers will consolidate in the coming years to avoid being further squeezed by miners and retailers, Bain & Company predicted in its annual report on the industry.The forecast stems from the midstream becoming anincreasingly...
Polished Markets Dec 12, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Jwaneng
De Beers Lowers 2020 Production Forecast
De Beers has reduced its production outlook for next year and beyond amid uncertainty about the health of the diamondmarket.The miner now expects to recover between 32 million and 34million carats in 2020, compared to its...
Mining Dec 11, 2019 Rapaport News
De Beers sightholder
De Beers Ends Special Supply Measures
Rough-diamond buyers are anticipating an improvement insales at next week’s De Beers sight, as the miner is withdrawing concessions that allowed clients to reject goods. De Beers will revert to its standard rules limiting sightholders’ abilityto refuse or defer...
Rough Markets Dec 05, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Rough diamonds
Rough Slowdown Weighs on Asian Star
Sales and profit slumped at Indian diamond manufacturerAsian Star in the second fiscal quarter as weak rough demand prompted it to reduceits trading activities. The Mumbai-based company supplements its core cuttingbusiness by reselling rough through its...
Manufacturing Nov 18, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Orapa De Beers
De Beers Announces 2020 Sight Schedule
De Beers has released the dates of the 10 sights it willhold in Gaborone, Botswana, next year. The miner sells around 90% of its roughat those sales, with the rest available at auctions. The January sight will...
Rough Markets Nov 18, 2019 Rapaport News
Polished diamonds
India Polished Exports Drop
India’s polished-diamond exports fell 15% to $1.95 billion inOctober, reflecting a 22% slide in the average price of shipments. Export volumerose 8% to 2.8 million carats, according to data from the Gem & JewelleryExport Promotion Council. The...
Polished Markets Nov 14, 2019 Rapaport News
Analyzing rough at KGK Botswana
Rough Market Picks Up at De Beers Sight
De Beers’ November sales totalled $390 million, the highest for five months, as the roughmarket stabilized and the miner reduced prices to trigger demand.Proceeds from the ninth sales cycle fell 12% compared with...
Rough Markets Nov 13, 2019 Joshua Freedman
De Beers rough
De Beers Reduces Prices at November Sight
Sightholders welcomed De Beers’ decision to lower pricesat this week’s rough-diamond sale, but noted that further discounts werenecessary to improve profits in the manufacturing sector. The company reduced prices of higher-end goods by 5% to7% at this week’s...
Rough Markets Nov 06, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Jubilee
Alrosa Sales Down as Cutters Reduce Stock
Alrosa’s sales fellin the third quarter amid a drop in the average price as the miner sold alarger proportion of small stones, it reported Thursday.Sales decreased 37% to $611 million for the three months ending September...
Mining Oct 22, 2019 Rapaport News
Lucapa
Lucapa Tender Yields $10M
Lucapa Diamond Company earned $10.4 million fromits latest sale of rough stones, bringing its total for the year to date to$45.9 million. The miner sold 5,469 carats from its Lulo mine inAngola...
Mining Oct 16, 2019 Rapaport News
Petra 20.08ct blue
Cullinan Blue Could Fetch $15M, Analysts Say
Petra Diamonds will offer a 20.08-carat blue diamond at aspecial tender in Johannesburg next month, with analysts predicting the rough couldattract $15 million.The miner recovered the type IIb, “exceptional” gem-qualitystone at its Cullinan deposit...
Rough Markets Oct 07, 2019 Rapaport News
De Beers sightholder office 150
De Beers Sales Drop in Slow Rough Market
De Beers’ sales slumped to $295 million in September as the minercontinued to allow sightholders to refuse goods in the prevailing weakrough-diamond market. The company maintained firm prices and offered increasedflexibility to encourage lower purchases, thereby reducing the...
Rough Markets Oct 03, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Rough diamonds
De Beers Lets Clients Reject 50% of Goods
De Beers will allow sightholders to refuse more rough diamonds than usual at thisweek’s sight, aiming to ease pressure on the market without reducing prices. Clients will be free to turn down 50% of available goods amid a slump...
Rough Markets Aug 18, 2019 Joshua Freedman
KGK, Botswana
Who’s Buying the Rough in 2019?
The stability of the diamond industry is largely in thehands of 122 manufacturers and dealers that buy rough on a contractual basis. Many of the sector’s current problems have resulted from too much rough entering the market...
Rough Markets Aug 11, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Alrosa
Alrosa Nets Fish-Shaped Diamond
Alrosa’s knack for recovering unusually shaped diamonds hasscaled new heights with the discovery of a rough stone resembling a fish.“In the photo, you see a very rare specimen: a rough-diamondcrystal which pretends to be a fish,” the Russian...
Mining Aug 01, 2019 Rapaport News
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