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De Beers Reduces Prices of Smaller Rough
De Beers lowered prices of rough diamonds below 1 carat as the positive sales momentum that began last month continued during this week’s sight, sightholders told Rapaport News.The reductions for the September sight are...
Rough Markets Sep 23, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Williamson
Petra Faces Claims of Human-Rights Abuses
Petra Diamonds has received allegations of human-rights abuses at its Williamson mine in Tanzania, including claims of killings and on-site violence.Security guards at Williamson shot or seriously beat people at the mine, causing deaths and serious injuries,...
Mining Sep 10, 2020 Rapaport News
Gem Diamonds
Gem Diamonds Incurs First-Half Loss
Gem Diamonds fell into the red in the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus crisis froze the rough market and restricted the company’s sales.The net loss of $113,000 — compared with a $9.7 million profit...
Mining Sep 06, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers rough and polished
Rough-Market Momentum Set to Continue
The resurgence in rough-diamond trading will persist for another two months as manufacturers fill supply shortages and retail demand rises, dealers predicted.“There’s still a gap, because demand is there, and supply is very limited and...
Rough Markets Sep 03, 2020 Joshua Freedman
De Beers rough
De Beers Cuts Prices at August Sight
De Beers has reduced prices of rough larger than 1 carat ahead of next week’s sight amid a gradual improvement in demand and shortages in certain categories, sources said. The reductions are around 6% to 8%, according to sightholders and...
Rough Markets Aug 20, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Alrosa rough
Alrosa Allows 100% Refusals at August Sale
Alrosa will enable long-term clients to refuse all their supply allocations at this month’s contract sale, continuing the policy it introduced in July.“We should admit that we are at the very beginning of the market recovery, which...
Rough Markets Aug 18, 2020 Rapaport News
Alrosa rough
Alrosa Expects October Recovery
Alrosa has predicted a return to pre-pandemic rough sales levels in October, observing a promising combination of midstream shortages and growing retail demand. Executives made the forecast Friday following the release of the miner’s second-quarter results,...
Mining Aug 16, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough
What De Beers and Alrosa Clients Really Want
Ask a De Beers or Alrosa contract client about the biggest problems with the miners’ age-old systems for selling rough, and the answer will probably include a comment on prices. High rough prices relative to polished...
Rough Markets Aug 13, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Alrosa rough sorting at Mirny.
Alrosa Nearing Inventory Deal with Govt.
Alrosa expects to finalize a sale of rough to Gokhran in the next two months, aiming to reduce its stockpiles while ensuring the diamond industry doesn’t receive a flood of goods.Gokhran — Russia’s state gem and precious-metal depository — would...
Rough Markets Aug 06, 2020 Joshua Freedman
De Beers Office in Botswana
De Beers Turns to Tech as Layoffs Loom
De Beers is no stranger to changing strategy. Throughout its 130-plus-year history, the company has often adjusted its approach, sometimes with just a few tweaks, and on other occasions with radical consequences for the diamond market....
Rough Markets Aug 03, 2020 Avi Krawitz
The new Cullinan plan
Petra Revenue Falls to Nine-Year Low
Petra Diamonds’ full-year sales dropped to their lowest level in almost a decade as the coronavirus aggravated an already weak rough market.Revenue fell 36% to $295.8 million in the fiscal year ending June 30, reflecting sluggish rough...
Mining Jul 26, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers rough and polished diamonds.
De Beers to Hold Viewings in Antwerp and Dubai
De Beers will allow clients to view goods in Antwerp and Dubai at next week’s sight, with both the company and its Russian rival Alrosa maintaining their policies of enabling 100% deferrals.The two largest miners...
Rough Markets Jul 23, 2020 Joshua Freedman
De Beers.
Covid-19 Ravages De Beers Sales
De Beers’ sales and production nosedived in the second quarter as the coronavirus crushed diamond demand throughout the pipeline and forced shutdowns at several mines.“Demand for rough diamonds was significantly impacted by a combination of Covid-19 restrictions...
Mining Jul 16, 2020 Rapaport News
Nyurbinskaya
Alrosa Monthly Sales Plummet Again
Alrosa’s diamond sales fell 86% year on year to $31.3 million in June as contract customers continued to delay buying rough allocations.“For the third time in a row, we offered our long-term customers unprecedentedly flexible sales conditions, including...
Rough Markets Jul 12, 2020 Rapaport News
Alrosa Inter International mine
Virus Cases Force Shutdown at Alrosa Mine
Alrosa has suspended operations at its International underground mine for up to two weeks after “several” employees tested positive for coronavirus.The Russian miner will only carry out work to ensure the safety and maintenance...
Mining Jun 25, 2020 Rapaport News
BlueRock
BlueRock Counts Cost of Coronavirus
The coronavirus cost BlueRock Diamonds GBP 550,000 ($690,000) as sales slumped and the closure of its Kareevlei mine added to its expenses, the company reported Monday.The amount includes an estimated GBP 100,000 ($125,000) of lost...
Mining Jun 24, 2020 Rapaport News
Grib Diamonds
Rough Prices Climb at Grib Auction in Antwerp
Grib Diamonds noted a modest increase in rough prices versus pre-lockdown levels as demand returned following a two-month pause in sales.The Belgian company, which sells production from AGD Diamonds’ Grib mine in Russia, brought in just over...
Rough Markets Jun 18, 2020 Rapaport News
Gem Diamonds Letseng
Gem Diamonds Notes Solid Rough Demand
Gem Diamonds reported a rise in the average selling price for the first half of 2020, noting that appetite for its goods had improved at a recent tender in Antwerp.“The results of the latest tender for Letšeng’s...
Rough Markets Jun 18, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamonds.
Rough Sales to Decline Up to 40% This Year
Rough-diamond sales will drop by 30% to 40% this year as Covid-19 restrictions have shut down the global supply chain, Moody’s Investors Service projected.The market won’t recover until the second half when social-distancing...
Rough Markets Jun 07, 2020 Rapaport News
Lulo.
Lucapa Raises $3.6M for Lulo Kimberlite Hunt
Lucapa Diamond Company has completed a sale of new shares that successfully raised AUD 5.25 million ($3.6 million) to fund its search for the kimberlite source of its high-value alluvial stones.The proceeds of the rights...
Mining Jun 03, 2020 Rapaport News
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