Diamond Mining News

The secrets of diamond mining are forever

24/7 Wall St says the global diamond mining industry may be one of the world’s best-kept secrets and diamond mining is not unlike the oil business, where about 100 massive fields supply about half the world’s oil.

Signet Q2 sales up 11% to $797.6 million

Signet Jewelers Limited reported a 10.8 percent increase in sales to $797.6 million in the second quarter. Same store sales at the world's largest specialty retail jeweler popped 9.9 percent in the period.

32.7 carat vivid yellow diamond expected to fetch $6 million

A 32.77 carats fancy vivid yellow diamond will be offered at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in New York on October 18. The diamond is expected to find a buyer willing to pay more than $6 million, the auction house believes. According to Christie’s, the diamond's color is highly saturated. “The vivid yellow literally blazes with color, unlike any yellow diamond I’ve ever seen,” said Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s Head of Jewelry for Christie’s Americas.

BHP diamond revenues +12 pct

BHP Billiton, owner of the Ekati diamond mine, reported revenues of $1.01 billion from diamond sales in the fiscal ear ending June 30, 2011, a 12.1 percent increase from the previous year.

Dog eats $10,000 worth of diamonds

MSNBC reports a Georgia dog dined on a meal of $10,000 worth of diamonds.

Mountain Province breaks off third party talks for $600 million Gahcho Kué project

Mountain Province Diamonds said on Wednesday it is breaking off talks with unspecified parties that showed an interest in the company and is instead focusing on advancing its Gahcho Kué project and to arrange its share of the financing which amounts to some $600 million. Shares in the little-traded company jumped almost 8% on the news.

State-owned diamond company in Ghana handed over to private investor

The Ghana government handed over state-owned Ghana Consolidated Diamonds (GCD) to a new investor, Great Consolidated Diamond Ghana Ltd (GCDGL), at a ceremony held on Tuesday in Akwatia, 80 km northwest of here.

Namdeb strike leads to legal action, lockouts

Namdeb is initiating legal action against a number of union officials and unionized workers. The step is the latest in a deteriorating battle between the diamond-mining firm and a group of employees.

Jewellery makers find creative ways to use less gold

The Business Standard reports with gold prices setting new record highs every alternate day, jewellery makers are adopting various methods to minimise its use in diamond jewellery without compromising look and feel. While many have increased mechanisation and reduced manufacturing of hand-made jewellery, others are replacing gold’s weight with diamond to keep investors’ interest intact. Another option is using silver with rhodium plating. Ideally, gold content in diamond jewellery should be 35% in terms of its weight. But, many jewellers have reduced gold content massively in the first half of the calendar year to keep the prices down.

US jewelry industry now a $65 billion enterprise

New government data has boosted the size of the U.S. jewelry industry by about 5 percent, restoring it to its former level of $65 billion in the peak sales year of 2007.

Zimbabwe gives mines 14-day deadline to hand over majority

Zimbabwe's government has given foreign companies including miners and banks a 14-day ultimatum to submit plans on how they propose to transfer majority stakes to local owners or risk losing permits, state media reported on Friday. However, immediately thereafter the country's central bank governor Gideon Gono launched a scathing attack on the minister responsible for the indigenization policy saying the threats “could irreparably harm the nerve-centre of the recovering economy.” Before a new unity government in 2009 Zimbabwe economy had shrank by as much as half over the preceding decade amid hyperinflation, property seizures and civil unrest. The country is the number two platinum producer in the world and rich in gold and diamonds.

Zimbabwe gives foreign firms empowerment ultimatum

Zimbabwe's government has given foreign firms, including mines and banks, a 14-day ultimatum to submit "acceptable" plans on how they propose to transfer majority shares to locals or risk losing permits

FLASH: Gem Diamonds earnings up 489 pct

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Production and investment forecasts in the Namibian mining industry: uranium set to overtake diamonds as Namibia's largest foreign currency earner

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/5cb789/production_and_inv) has announced the addition of Frost & Sullivan's new report "Production and Investment Forecasts in the Namibian Mining Industry" to their offering. This research

Kazakhstan looking increasingly attractive to international businesses, investors says GCM Worldwide

Kazakhstan, strategically placed between China and Russia, has a wealth of mineral riches which it is eager to profit from. While Kazakhstan is probably best known for its oil, changes are on the horizon as mining companies flow in searching for copper, gold, zinc and other natural resources.

Kidnappers release Brazilian diamond dealer without ransom

Brazilian businessman who was kidnapped early yesterday morning was rescued by an off-duty police rank at Hararuni, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, after his abductors released him.

Namibia abandons draconian mine tax plans

A day after news of an onerous new mining royalty and taxation regime in Peru, Namibia, the world’s biggest miner of offshore diamonds and a top four uranium producer, drops plans for a huge jump in the corporate tax rate for miners and mineral export levies. Deputy Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein said on Wednesday, the country has withdrawn a proposal to increase the tax on non-diamond miners to 44% from 37.5% and will instead propose a windfall tax when international prices for the commodities are high. Namibia was one of 25 countries around the world that recently announced their intentions to increase their take of the mining industry’s profits or impose ownership and other restrictions.

DTC Sight Dates 2012

The Diamond Trading Company (DTC) announced the dates of next year's Sights.

LKI Appoints David Wessel Director of Jewelry

David Wessel is Lazare Kaplan International's new Director of Jewelry, the company announced Tuesday.

Stellar is granted an exploration authorization for the Namarana area covering 132 km(2) in Mali, West Africa

Stellar Pacific Ventures announced that it was awarded by the Ministry of Mines of the Republic of Mali, an exploration authorization for the Namarana area which covers over 132 km2. This mineral title was delivered July 22, 2011 to Stellar Pacific Mail SARL, the company's wholly owned (100%) subsidiary in Mali.

Petra Diamonds – Finsch acquisition update

Petra Diamonds is pleased to announce that Ministerial consent in terms of Section 11 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (“MPRDA”) has been granted for the cession and transfer of the new order mining right for the Finsch diamond mine in South Africa (“Finsch”) from De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited (“De Beers”) to Afropean Diamonds (Pty) Limited (”Afropean”). Afropean represents Petra’s interests in Finsch; Afropean being owned as to Petra 74% and Petra’s Black Economic Empowerment partners 26%.

Southern Africa: A diamond mine for hotel investors?

Africa’s future is bright. Africa is moving decisively out of recession, and looks set to renew its pre-recession average growth rate of six per cent (African Economic Outlook 2010 and Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2011) due to a move towards market friendly economic framework conditions that have helped to nurture growth (InsightGroup 2011).

Mining industry gives Saara tax ultimatum

Saara Kuugongelwa- Amadhila THE mining industry has given Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila until Wednesday to reconsider her intended tax reforms before they alert investors worldwide to “the most devastating elements” of her “proposed

Israel’s Polished Diamond Exports $714 Million in July

Israel’s net polished diamond exports in July totaled $713.8 million, rising 39.4 percent compared to June and by 57.4 percent year-over-year, based on Central Bureau of Statistics figures.

Underground emerald miners in Pakistan face peril

Al Jazeera profiles the dangerous mining work in the Mingora emerald mines in Pakistan. "We work in the jaws of death, but we are poor and don't have a choice. Thank god the owners have been kind enough to give me a job," says one worker in the video. About 150 labourers are employed in at least 16 such mines.