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Alrosa diamonds sales reach $3 million in less than 10 days

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 1, 2014
Alrosa diamonds sales reach $3 million in less than 10 days

At the 2014 Hong Kong Gem & Jewellery Fair.

IIa Technologies Makes Breakthrough Discovery for Single Crystal Diamond Plates

IIa Technologies | September 30, 2014
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Attested by major research institutes, IIa’s diamond plates are ideal for sophisticated medical and technological applications

Argyle pink diamond ring worth $577k stolen in Australia

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 29, 2014
Argyle pink diamond ring worth $577k stolen in Australia

Each of the diamonds in the ring is laser inscribed with a serial number.

This man stole a diamond worth $160,000 and traded it for bag of pot

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 29, 2014
This man stole a diamond worth $160,000 and traded it for a bag of pot

The diamond was soon recovered and returned to its owner.

NWT doles out exploration grants as diamond activity heats up

Andrew Topf | September 28, 2014
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Northwest Territories, the northern Canadian region known for diamond mining, is giving a leg up to exploration companies through an incentive program it first rolled out in June.

Uncovering Canada's frozen assets

SNL Metals & Mining | September 24, 2014
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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the discovery of one of two ships that comprised Sir John Franklin's ill-fated expedition in 1845, which has revived interest in the metals wealth of the Arctic and its ownership.

Low metal prices put chill on global mineral exploration

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 24, 2014
Low metal prices put chill on global mineral exploration

Fresh data suggests it is still too early to celebrate a recovery in the sector.

New diamond nanothreads may let scientists build space elevator

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 24, 2014
New diamond nanothreads may let scientists build space elevator

Scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin diamond nanothreads, a sort of very strongnanotubes, which could prove to be stronger and hardier element currently available.

Rio Tinto celebrates Chow Tai Fook milestone with diamond masterpiece and new jewellery collection

Rio Tinto | September 23, 2014
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Diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine in Western Australia will be showcased across China in an unprecedented fashion from next month, headlined by a special white and champagne diamond encrusted tiara.

Game theory in the rough diamond market – buy the box?

Natural Transactions | September 23, 2014

The mechanism to buy and sell rough diamonds is bizarre. Diamonds are sold in “boxes”, collections of diamonds with similar characteristics, where values ranging from $100,000 to $1.5 million

ALROSA president resigns for health reasons

Michael Allan McCrae | September 22, 2014
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Vice-president becomes acting president.

Challenges abound for diamond industry, despite growing demand: De Beers

Canadian Mining Journal | September 18, 2014

In its first ever public report on the state of the diamond industry, diamond miner and retailer De Beers paints a picture of an industry that will likely struggle to meet future demand while also facing increasing competition from other luxury…

Diamond market grows to record $79 billion

Frik Els | September 18, 2014
Diamond market grows to record $79 billion

But new report by De Beers cautions that declining production could see the industry lose ground to other categories.

Eric Coffin: can investors still find tenbaggers?

The Gold Report | September 17, 2014
30 years after Hunt bros, scramble to take over London silver fix

Coffin believes that in the short term a price of $1,200/oz is possible, though there is room now for an oversold bounce.

Breaking open the inside of a comet

Michael Allan McCrae | September 17, 2014
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Diamond, graphite and silicon carbide to name a few.

Kennady Diamonds announces $5M non-brokered private placement

CNW Group | September 16, 2014
Kennady Diamonds drilling program

Kennady Diamonds Inc. controls 100 percent of the Kennady North diamond project located immediately to the north, west and south of the Gahcho Kué diamond mine currently under development by De Beers and Mountain Province Diamonds.

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$8bn mining private equity needs to be spent. And soon

Frik Els | September 14, 2014
$8bn mining private equity needs to be spent. And soon

Countercyclical investors sitting on $8 billion unspent funds have been waiting for clear signs of a market bottom. The wait may well be over.

True North Gems secures $11 million finance package for the Aappaluttoq Ruby Project in SW Greenland

Marketwired | September 11, 2014

Company says the agreement will provide additional resources to transition quickly into the construction phase of the project.

South Africa’s mining output at lowest in over 18 months

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 11, 2014
South Africa’s mining output at lowest in over 18 months

Platinum and gold sectors among the worst performers due to labour strikes that cripple the industry early this year.

These are the top risks miners face

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 11, 2014
These are the top risks miners face these days

Productivity, followed by capital decisions and obtaining a social license to operate, are among the top risks global mining and metals companies face.

Term contract pricing in the diamond market- Paying for supply security

Natural Transactions | September 10, 2014

The essence of a term contract is that the price is being set in the spot market. Now this poses a question for price discovery mechanism – is the spot market an accurate reflection of the total market preferences?

Market design in the rough diamond market – seeing something new

Natural Transactions | September 10, 2014

The game of interaction between buyers and sellers of the diamond market is peculiar and inefficient.

This is the $10 million-plus white diamond just found in South Africa

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 10, 2014
This is the $10 million-plus white diamond just found in South Africa

Analysts predict could fetch between $10 million to $16 million.

New wave of diamond fever sweeps Canada’s Northwest Territories

Prima Diamond Corp. | September 10, 2014
New wave of diamond fever sweeps Canada’s Northwest Territories

Diamond deposits, in the words of one senior geologist, are like pigeons. Where you find one, you're likely to find an entire flock.

INFOGRAPHIC: Geosynthetics — an $18 billion market

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 8, 2014
INFOGRAPHIC: Geosynthetics — an $18 billion market

First international conference about geosynthetics in mining begins Monday.

Anglo American chief not going for any major corporate split

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 7, 2014
Anglo American chief not going for any major corporate split

A big corporate break-up à la BHP Billiton is definitively not in his books, he told FT.com.

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