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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
Mountain Province
Gahcho Kué Production Set to Rise
Production at the Gahcho Kué mine is likely to exceedexpectations for 2018 before increasing steadily over the next three years, accordingto part owner Mountain Province. The company is confident total output at the Canada asset...
Mining Nov 28, 2018 Rapaport News
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Montreal Relaunch Boosts Birks Results
Birks Group’s sales grew in the six months to September 29as the retailer opened its renovated flagship store in Montreal, Canada.Sales rose 6% to CAD 68.7 million ($51.9 million) in thefiscal first half at the jeweler’s continuing...
Retail Nov 25, 2018 Rapaport News
Modi Marilyn Monroe
‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’ Nets $50K
A brand-management company that owns the Marilyn Monroeestate has bought the trademark rights to “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”at an auction of assets belonging to Nirav Modi’s US businesses.ABG Intermediate Holdings, which trades as Authentic BrandsGroup (ABG),...
Marketing Oct 23, 2018 Rapaport News
Argyle 150
Diamond Resources Might Not Be Forever
While it’s true that value comes from rarity, no naturalresource lasts forever, and the rare is becoming even rarer. Diamond productionis set to peak in 2019, after which it will begin a steady decline. De Beersestimates global...
Mining Aug 14, 2018 Leah Meirovich
Renard fire July 2018
Fire Halts Operations at Stornoway Mine
Stornoway Diamond Corporation has suspended operations atthe Renard mine in Canada due to a local forest fire.The blaze had reached within 100 meters of the mine’s accessroad as of 6:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) Monday,...
Mining Jul 03, 2018 Rapaport News
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Alrosa Upbeat on 1Q Diamond Retail Market
Diamond-jewelry sales grew 7% in the main retail marketsduring the first quarter amid strong consumer sentiment and beneficial fluctuationsin exchange rates, according to Alrosa.Revenues increased 5% year on year in the US and Canada, thelargest consumer market,...
Retail Jun 24, 2018 Rapaport News
De Beers Orapa Mine
De Beers Raises Output in Healthy Market
De Beers’ production grew during the first quarter as the company reached full capacity at its Gahcho Kué mine in Canadaand increased output in Botswana. The miner’s global production jumped 15% year on year to 8.5million carats...
Mining Apr 24, 2018 Rapaport News
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Michael Hill to Close All US Stores
Michael Hill will close all its US stores by April 30 andpull out of the American market entirely, the company said. In January, the retailer announced it was looking for abuyer for the nine stores it operates...
Retail Apr 15, 2018 Rapaport News
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