Diamond Mining News

Metalex recovers largest diamond yet from U2 kimberlite

Metalex Ventures Ltd. (TSXV : MTX) is pleased to report that a 2.61 carat white gem quality diamond has been recovered from the exceedingly large, 9.3 hectare, U2 kimberlite pipe on the Metalex - Arctic Star Diamond Corp. (TSXV : ADD) joint venture in the James Bay lowlands, Ontario.

Diamond workers in pay talks

WAGE talks with the world's largest diamond producer De Beers will get under way on Wednesday, the National Union of Mineworkers said. Talks would be held with a facilitator from the CCMA, spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said in a statement. The diamond giant

Diamond workers strike adds to South Africa mining woes

Employees of diamond mining company De Beers are set to go on strike on Friday after wage talks broke down on Wednesday. The workers follow tens of thousands of others in South Africa's coal, metals and petroleum industries who have been on strike for weeks. The strikes come at a time when the country's mining output is slowing and new investment in the industry is drying up amid uncertainty about state ownership, taxation, an ever-changing regulatory environment and corruption. A recent ranking of top global mining investment destinations that puts Alberta at the top relegates South Africa to number 63 alongside Zimbabwe, Guatamala and Venezuela.

Jewelry making propels gold demand in China India

Rising appetite for Gold jewelry among households and investors in China and India is driving the global demand for the yellow metal, says a study conducted by the Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre (DMCC). China and India—two largest gold consuming nations in the world—have been driving gold demand in the world in the last few years.

BHP Billitons diamond production falls in past year

BHP Billiton’s diamond production suffered a double-digit d rop in the fiscal year, the miner reported on Wednesday. The company mined 2,506,000 carats, an 18% year-over-year drop.

Fear and loathing on the road to ethics

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is developing a new certification standard for Chain of Custody (CoC). The intentions are good, but seem to irk the diamond industry, which is why I want to bring the issue to the table.

Canada stocks gain on strong commodities

Strong metal and oil stocks lift the TSX Composite Index Tuesday as the loonie rallies on expectations of eventual rate hike.

Branded gold jewellery: Tier II Tier III towns in India to drive growth'

India based credit rating agency CRISIL believes that Tier-II and Tier-III towns in India will drive growth for the branded Gold jewellery retailers over the medium term. Around two-thirds of the new outlets that these retailers set up over the medium term will be in such small towns.

Cautious response to sight in India, premiums expected to shrink

The Indian diamond industry’s reaction to the latest DTC Sight has been guarded. Business sentiment has been depressed over the last several days in the wake of the bomb blasts that rocked the city and claimed the lives of several diamond industry pr...

Sight prices up across the board

Cashing in on continued demand for rough diamonds, prices at the Diamond Trading Company’s Sight this week were increased for almost every single box. With few exceptions, prices were hiked by 5%-10% across the board. According to initial reports, an...

Petra Diamonds mine revenue up

Diamond producer Petra Diamonds on Tuesday reported a 24% increase in gross mine revenue to US$220.6 million for the year ended June 2011, mainly due to the steady increase in rough diamond prices from October 2010. Revenue of US$90.0 million in the

Diamond traders to speed up ID card drive

To make their business areas more secure, Surat Diamond Association (SDA) members on Monday decided to intensify the drive to get everyone associated with the industry registered with the association and issue them identity cards.

Commodities 2011 halftime report

Commodities don’t all perform in the same way. In any given year, a particular commodity will go gangbusters and outperform the group.

Mumbai diamond traders warn govt

The Diamond Traders' Association of Mumbai has issued an ultimatum to the police and administration. Pained by the loss of many of its traders in the serial bomb blasts on July 13, the association has told the government that the traders could shift base

Blasts: Diamond trader under scanner

The investigators of July 13 Mumbai serial blasts have been examining the role of a diamond merchant at Opera House who, they suspect, could have helped an Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative surveying the blast sites.

Despite terrorist attacks, Israeli firms insist on IIJS

Israeli diamond traders, very familiar with terrorist attacks and how it affects business activities, are not wavering from their commitments to furthering ties with their Indian counterparts.

IDEX Online Research: bridal market to remain solid for jewelers, but evolving

The jewelry bridal market, which generates upwards of 50% of many mass-market jewelers’ revenues, is a growth market, but changes are afoot, according to a new study.

Swatch CEO: 'Bring us a diamond mine'

"As the fifth-biggest consumer of diamonds, a stake in a diamond mine would be interesting," the CEO of Swatch Group, Nick Hayek told the Finanz und Wirtschaft newspaper on Saturday. The world's largest watchmaker, which apart from cheap and cheerful Swatches, also owns luxury brands Breguet, Blancpain, Glashütte (pictured), Omega and Tiffany & Co, said demand for watches studded with diamonds has increased explosively and the desired quality are only available in small quantities. According to IDEX research global polished diamond prices rose sharply during the second half of June, and are showing no signs of a pull-back.

Zimbabwe Chiadzwa diamond fields watchdog rejected by mines minister

Mines Minister Obert Mpofu has rejected the monitor nominated by civil society to oversee operations at the Chiadzwa diamond fields, saying the appointment is null and void. The proposed watchdog is part of ongoing efforts to legitimise Zimbabwe's diamond trade, which was suspended in 2009 over human rights concerns at the Chiadzwa diamond fields. These concerns are still high with ongoing reports of rights abuses and rampant smuggling, all at the hands of the military, which maintains tight controls of the entire area.

Twelve months of consecutive retail sales growth

June retail sales in the U.S. increased 5.5% year-over-year, based on figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department. This is the twelfth consecutive month of growth, surpassing many analysts’ expectations.

Shore Gold says Saskatchewan diamond mine is feasible

Shore Gold announced on Friday the results of a feasibility study done on the Fort a la Corne site near Prince Albert. George Read, senior vice-president of exploration and development, says the results show that a world class diamond mine is feasible in central Saskatchewan.

Lucara says South Africa strike affecting Botswana diamond project

Canada's Lucara Diamond Corp, building the AK6 mine in Botswana, said on Friday strike action in South Africa’s steel sector was delaying deliveries to the project, though it did not yet know the full impact on the mine's schedule. AK6 was on track so far, being 60% complete. The company’s other projects include Mothae Diamond Project, located in Lesotho, and Kavango Project, located in northeast Namibia.

Surti diamond trader dies in Mumbai serial blast

A diamond trader of Surat died, while three others sustained serious injuries in the bomb blast that took place at Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai, on Wednesday evening. Part of a group of traders that went to Mumbai for business, they were caught up in the bomb. Image from YouTube.

Rocked by blasts, Mumbai diamond traders may shift to new bourse

"Many of the Opera House diamond merchants' clients are from Israel...they are no strangers to terror and blasts," said Vasant Mehta, a leading merchant who was at home recovering from fever when the blast tore through Mumbai's congested diamond district.

Commodity falls and fears for stress tests see FTSE decline

Falls among commodity issues sapped the strength of Britain’s top share index yesterday, as worries over global growth clouded the demand outlook for metals and oils. At the close, the FTSE 100 index was down 59.48 points.