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Namdeb employee sorting through rough diamonds.
De Beers Cancels March-April Sight
De Beers has called off this week’s sight in Botswana, citing restrictions resulting from measures to contain the coronavirus.Lockdowns in Botswana, South Africa and India are prohibiting sightholders from traveling and preventing the shipment...
Rough Markets Mar 30, 2020 Rapaport News
Petra Cullinan mine plant
Rough Prices Slide 24% at Petra Tender
Rough prices slumped at Petra Diamonds’ March tenders in South Africa and Antwerp as the severe slowdown in the market virtually wiped out demand.Goods from Petra’s South Africa mines sold for 24% less than...
Mining Mar 29, 2020 Rapaport News
Venetia mine
De Beers Cuts Venetia Workforce During Lockdown
De Beers will reduce its worker head count at its sole diamond mine in South Africa by around 75% in response to the country’s measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, parent company Anglo American said Friday.The...
Mining Mar 29, 2020 Rapaport News
Petra Finsch mine
South Africa, Lesotho Mines Set for Shutdown
Petra Diamonds, Gem Diamonds, Firestone Diamonds and Lucapa Diamond Company are suspending operations at their mines in South Africa and Lesotho due to government measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.South Africa has introduced...
Mining Mar 25, 2020 Rapaport News
Stargems rough tender Dubai 2018
Stargems, A.A. Rachminov Embark on Joint Venture
Stargems, a specialist in sourcing rough diamonds, has partnered with distributor A.A. Rachminov on a manufacturing and marketing program for South African diamonds.The companies will jointly procure and cut the goods, using Stargems’ sourcing...
Polished Markets Mar 12, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers
De Beers Slashes Output Amid Diamond Glut
DeBeers’ production dropped in the third quarter as the miner responded to a declinein rough demand that has left it with an inflated stockpile of diamonds. Outputfell 14% to 7.4 million carats for the period amid planned mine...
Mining Oct 22, 2019 Rapaport News
Podcast
Podcast: Young Diamantaires Explore South Africa
The Rapaport Diamond Podcast interviews Rami Baron, founder of the Young Diamantaires group and leader of a trip to De Beers’ Venetia mine in South Africa.In this episode, Baron speaks to Rapaport senior news reporter Joshua Freedman,...
Polished Markets Sep 15, 2019 Rapaport News
Young Diamantaires South Africa Venetine mine visi
Nurturing the Next Generation of Diamantaires
If anyone in the industry wanted to know how to transform a diamondbusiness and safeguard its future, they might do well to speak to the 25members of the Young Diamantaires group who went on last week’s mission toSouth Africa.The delegates...
Mining Sep 12, 2019 Joshua Freedman
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South Africa Urges Diamond-Sector Change
The South African government is calling for change in thediamond industry after expressing concern about the slow pace of localbeneficiation. The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy hasappointed a regulator to monitor the transformation after...
Rough Markets Sep 02, 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
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
Petra Diamonds
Petra Unearths 101ct. Rough at Cullinan
Petra Diamonds recovered two gem-quality rough stones fromits Cullinan mine in South Africa Friday. The 100.83-carat, D-color, type IIstone and another 6.12-carat, blue, type II diamond will be included in the company’supcoming tender later...
Mining Mar 10, 2019 Rapaport News
Diamcor
Diamcor Sales Rise, Loss Drops in 3Q
Diamcor saw a significant sales jump in the third fiscal quarter asproduction increased at its mine in South Africa. Revenue surged 76% to $1.4 million in the three monthsending December 31 2018, compared to $864,546 in the same period...
Mining 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
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
Diamcor
Production Drop Hits Diamcor Sales
Diamcor’s sales fell in the second fiscal quarter as lowerproduction at its mine in South Africa resulted in reduced availability ofgoods. Revenue dropped 45% to $726,588 in the three months endingSeptember 30 compared to $1.3 million in the same period...
Mining Dec 02, 2018 Rapaport News
Diamond
IDMA, WFDB Consider Joining Forces
The International Diamond Manufacturers Association(IDMA) is considering an alliance with the World Federation of DiamondBourses (WFDB) in response to the crisis in the global cutting sector. “With the changes in the diamond-manufacturing sector’s landscape,as well as due to the...
Manufacturing Nov 05, 2018 Joshua Freedman
Kimberley
Kimberley Rough Goes on Sale in Antwerp
Production from the Kimberley mining operations in SouthAfrica will come to Antwerp for tender following Petra Diamonds’ sale of theasset. Until now, Petra only offered the goods for sale in SouthAfrica. The company offloaded...
Rough Markets Aug 29, 2018 Rapaport News
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