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De Beers Finds Buyer for Namibia Mine
De Beers has sold the Elizabeth Bay mine for NAD 120 million ($8.2 million), a year after it ceased operations at the deposit. The miner chose Lewcor Group, a 100% Namibian-ownedconsortium, following an extensive search for...
Mining Sep 15, 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
Marketing
Opinion: An Urgent Call to Invest in Marketing
The diamond industry must significantly increase its marketing spend to ensure the trade’s longevity. This need is highlighted by the difficult conditions the sector has endured over the past few years.Recent challenges have...
Marketing Sep 09, 2019 Shashin Choksi & Siddharth Choksi
Jim Duffy
Tracr Aiming to Be More Than a Blockchain
As a tech guy, Jim Duffy spends much of his time on the road explaining technical terms in a way laymen can understand. He has his work cut out for him as CEO of Tracr, De Beers’ blockchain project — especially...
Polished Markets Sep 04, 2019 Avi Krawitz
WDC Kaninda 150
WDC Executive Director Exits Organization
Marie-Chantal Kaninda hasstepped down as executive director of the World Diamond Council (WDC) after two and a half years in the position. “Marie-Chantal’s influence on the WDC has been profound,”WDC president Stephane Fischler said Tuesday.“As...
Rough Markets Sep 03, 2019 Rapaport News
Shanghai Skyline
China Slowdown Weighing on Diamond Prices
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, September 3, 2019, Las Vegas … Diamond markets were quiet in August, with dealers taking their summer vacations amid uncertainty about the important Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. Demand...
Polished Markets Sep 03, 2019 Rapaport
Rough Diamonds
De Beers Sales Continue to Fall
De Beers’ rough-diamond sales plunged 44% year on year thismonth as customers rejected goods or exercised the miner’s buyback option. Sales fell to $280 million in the seventh sales cycle of theyear, as sightholders continued to struggle with weak...
Mining Aug 28, 2019 Rapaport News
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
De Beers
Debswana Mourns Death of Albert Milton
Albert Milton, managing director of De Beers’Botswana joint venture, has died, the company said Friday. Milton passed away early Friday morning after becomingunwell Thursday night in Johannesburg, where he was admitted to the hospital. “De...
Mining Aug 18, 2019 Rapaport News
Mountain Province
Mountain Province Faces Nasdaq Delisting
Mountain Province has been given six months toraise its share price or it will no longer be eligible to list on the Nasdaqstock exchange, it said Tuesday. The Canada-based miner’s stock is currently valued at$0.97, below the minimum...
Mining Aug 14, 2019 Rapaport News
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
Mountain Province
Currency Gains Boost Mountain Province Profit
Mountain Province’s profit increased in the second quarter amid a stronger Canadian dollar that reduced its debt levels, it said Tuesday. Profit jumped 61% to CAD 10.3 million ($7.8 million) for thethree months ending...
Mining Aug 07, 2019 Rapaport News
Diamonds at Tenders
Let’s Set Our Sights on the Auctions
De Beers’ first-half earnings highlighted the many challenges facing the diamond trade. But beyond the sharp declines the mining company suffered, CEO Bruce Cleaver and chief financial officer Nimesh Patel were...
Rough Markets Aug 07, 2019 Avi Krawitz
De Beers
Diamond Trading Quiet Amid Tight Profits
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, August 6, 2019, Las Vegas … Diamond-market sentiment was weak in July due to tight profits and liquidity. The pressures facing cutters and dealers resulted from high rough supply at inflated prices...
Polished Markets Aug 06, 2019 Rapaport
De Beers sight box
De Beers Sales Sink to Lowest Level Since 2015
De Beers’ rough-diamond sales plummeted 53% this month ascustomers accepted the miner’s offer to defer purchases until the marketimproves.Weak polished demand and excess supply in the manufacturingand trading sectors have hurt sightholders’ appetite...
Mining Jul 30, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Firestone
Small-Stone Slump Hits Firestone Revenue
Firestone Diamonds saw a decline in sales during its fiscal fourth quarter due to a drop in demand for small, lower-value diamonds that make up the bulk of its supply. The company reported sales of $12.7 million for...
Mining Jul 29, 2019 Rapaport News
De Beers sorting
De Beers Lets Clients Delay Rough Purchases
De Beers loosened its purchasing requirements for roughbuyers at last week’s sight in an effort to ease the oversupply affecting the diamond market.Sightholders have struggled to reduce their inventories due to an imbalance of stocks and weak polished demand....
Mining Jul 28, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Rough diamond and sorting labels, Kimberley
De Beers Profit Falls Amid Market Slump
De Beers’ profit dropped in the first half of the year asweak demand at the trade and consumer levels impacted diamond prices, thecompany said Thursday. The rough market was subdued due to high inventories inboth...
Mining Jul 25, 2019 Rapaport News
De Beers carbon
De Beers Testing Carbon-Neutral Mining
De Beers is studying how to eliminate the carbon footprintof diamond mining by storing the emissions inside kimberlite, it saidWednesday. The miner recently received a government grant of CAD675,000 ($514,000) to test the process at its Gahcho Kué mine...
Mining Jul 24, 2019 Rapaport News
AFG
French Gem Group to Hold Diamond Symposium
The French Association of Gemmology (AFG) will hold aconference in Paris on the state of the diamond industry, it said Monday.The 18th Paris Gemmological Rendez Vous — whichwill take place on September 9 — will cover topics including diamondmining,...
Polished Markets Jul 23, 2019 Rapaport News
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