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BlueRock Offloads Diamonds in Private Sale

Average price down 15% compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Jun 9, 2020 11:00 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... BlueRock Diamonds has sold a parcel of rough for $700,000 in a private sale, noting that the average realized price was approximately 15% below pre-pandemic levels.

The miner sold 2,400 carats from its Kareevlei mine in South Africa at an average price of $290 per carat, the miner said Monday. In the fourth quarter of 2019, the company’s rough garnered an average price of $410 per carat, although some of that rough was from a higher-value portion of the mine. 

“This sale at a time when the traditional sales channels for diamonds remain closed, and at a price which we estimate to be at current market value for that particular parcel of diamonds, is an excellent result in a highly uncertain market,” said BlueRock executive chairman Mike Houston. “We hope [the average price] represents the bottom of the market.”

The company has also signed a deal with diamond brokerage Bonas-Couzyn to sell its rough in Antwerp. It expects to begin those sales in September.

Image: Rough diamonds from Kareevlei. (BlueRock Diamonds)
Tags: BlueRock, BlueRock Diamonds, Bonas-Couzyn, COVID-19, Kareevlei mine, Mike Houston, Rapaport News
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