The small African kingdom of Swaziland is about to become a diamond producer once again and is considering how to approach this opportunity. As an old open-pit mine was recently re-commissioned, the kingdom took another important step and became a member of the Kimberley Process. For the second time within a week, a high level delegation from Swaziland headed by Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade, Jabulile Mashwama visited the Israeli diamond center.
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The U.S. imported $36.8 million worth of rough diamonds in March, declining 18.4% from last year. Net imports dropped 87.9% to just $3.1 million, based on the latest data from the department of commerce.
Jewelry and watch demand softened moderately in the U.S. market in March. New data indicates that total jewelry and watch sales rose by 3.0% over the same month a year ago, the smallest gain since […]
As the chart below demonstrates commodity prices are driven by different factors. The precious metals prices have been the hyperbolic driver of headline commodities news relative to the broader based commodities index and oil. The latter two are more geared to industrial use as gold’s commercial use is limited. The chart highlights the divergence in the components of the commodities index. iShares S&P GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust (GSG) tracks 24 different commodities including energy (67%), industrial metals (16%), livestock (7%) and precious metals (3%).
Advances in energy and agriculture are creating demand for previously ignored metals such as scandium, tellurium and indium. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Mining Analyst John Kaiser, editor of Kaiser Research Online, explains the science that could exponentially increase the value of overlooked stocks.
While China continues to make asset driven economic decisions and now looks like a traction control experiment where the economy is like a car that is driving on ice that doesn't yet know it, QE2 ignited the bunsen burner for commodity price speculation. Last I checked, Ben Bernanke has decided to continue on with QE2 but has decided that QE3 is probably a bad idea because the true positive impact of additional money coming into the economy would be more than offset by inflation. In my opinion he's making the right call, but this call is likely going to put downward pressure on commodities and other assets.
QE, of course, only happens when interest rates hit the zero bound, so it’s impossible to disentangle the effects of QE from the effects of G3 interest rates all coming down to 1% or lower. But the effect of all these investment flows is clear: if you look at commodities as an asset class, total commodity assets under management have risen from just over $150 billion at the end of 2008 to over $400 billion today.
In a move meant to curtail fake diamond exports and the round tripping of funds and diamonds indulged in by some nefarious diamond merchants, India's central bank, the Reserve Bank of India, has reduced the term of letters of credit for the import of diamonds into the country. An immediate consequence of reducing the term, to 90 days instead of one year, will ensure that diamond importers cannot earn interest arbitrage on their packages.
Any analysis of the 2010 diamond pipeline will need to focus on at least three factors: replenishment throughout the value chain, enormous speculation in rough fuelled by an overabundance of Indian banking credit and – […]
Mother’s Day sales improved for many jewelers compared to last year, retailers interviewed by National Jeweler reported.
Sotheby’s reported a net income of $2.4 million in the first quarter ended March 31. Traditionally the auction house posts a loss in the first quarter, however this year the company benefited from higher auction […]
Blue Nile’s first quarter net sales increased 8.3% to $80.2 million, a record first quarter sales level. Net income totaled $2.4 million, inching up from last year.
BHP Billiton is moving forward with the Misery open pit project at its Ekati diamond mine in Canada, expecting to start producing ore in late 2015. BHP Billiton has also announced the appointment of Tim […]
Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. (TSX: MPV, NY-AMEX: MDM) today announced the results of an updated independent valuation of the diamonds recovered from the Gahcho Kué Project. The valuation was conducted by WWW International Diamond Consultants Ltd. and took place at the London offices of the Diamond Trading Company in early April, 2011. All diamond values presented below are based on the WWW Price Book as at April 11, 2011. Importantly, for the first time, the Gahcho Kué diamonds were grouped into larger parcels, each parcel representing diamonds from the Hearne, Tuzo and the separate lobes of the 5034 kimberlite. In the opinion of WWW, grouping of the diamonds into larger parcels increased the accuracy of the diamond valuation. Image by Mountain Province Diamonds
Has oil moved into backwardation yet? What does corn’s roll yield look like? How do you know when it’s time to buy—or sell? Each week, we investigate the futures curves of the U.S.’ most important […]
Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper reports that BHP Billiton, 80%-owner of the Ekati mine in the Northwest Territories, will make a $400 million investment to expand the mine. The Australian mega-miner says its decision was based on higher diamond prices buoyed by healthy demand. Mining at the Misery deposit would start in late 2015 and last for two years.
De Beers announced that it will sell the Namaqualand diamond mine in South Africa to Trans Hex for 225 million Rand ($33.5 million). The sale joins a number of low producing diamond mines the company has sold in South Africa in the past few years. No details about the transaction were made available, and it’s not clear if this is a cash-only agreement. The timeline of the agreement is not known either, though in the past the approval of the South African government was needed, which may determine the ownership transfer.
De Beers Consolidated Mines ("DBCM") today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell Namaqualand Mines to Trans Hex in a transaction valued at R225 million. The agreement to sell the mine to Trans Hex follows an open and rigorous selection process that evaluated prospective bidders on a number of criteria determined by DBCM as critical to ensuring the long-term sustainability of Namaqualand Mines community.
Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. ("Mountain Province", the "Company") (TSX: MPV, NY-AMEX: MDM) today announced the results of an updated independent valuation of the diamonds recovered from the Gahcho Kué Project. The valuation was conducted by WWW International Diamond Consultants Ltd. and took place at the London offices of the Diamond Trading Company in early April, 2011. All diamond values presented below are based on the WWW Price Book as at April 11, 2011. Importantly, for the first time, the Gahcho Kué diamonds were grouped into larger parcels, each parcel representing diamonds from the Hearne, Tuzo and the separate lobes of the 5034 kimberlite. In the opinion of WWW, grouping of the diamonds into larger parcels increased the accuracy of the diamond valuation.
Vaaldiam Mining Inc. (TSX:VAA) is pleased to report that Flemish Gold Corp. has closed a private placement of $10 million through BMO Capital Markets on May 3, 2011. Vaaldiam owns 10,625,000 common shares of Flemish. The private placement consisted of 10 million units priced at C$1.00. Each unit included one common share and one warrant to buy one share at $1.20 for 24 months. Flemish expects to go public in 2011 and now has 57.3 million common shares issued. Image by Valldiam Resources Ltd.
Warren Buffett stood behind the counter of a Borsheim’s jewelry store in Omaha this weekend. The chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway took to the jewelry trenches following the company’s annual shareholder meeting.
The London Diamond Bourse (LDB) has announced the appointment of Harry Levy as LDB president, replacing Freddy Hager who passed away in April. Menachem E. Prager has been appointed vice president.
Polished diamond prices rose by about 1.6% during the month of April, according to the IDEX Online Polished Diamond Index. The average price of polished diamonds increased by 1.9% in April compared to March, bringing […]
Shear Diamonds Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SRM) today announced the commencement of its spring drilling program at its 100% owned Jericho Diamond Project, Nunavut. The first drill hole within the Jericho open pit into the Jericho Kimberlite Complex has been completed and intersected more kimberlite than expected based on the past models.. As part of the ongoing exploration program (see news release February 28, 2011), a series of six angled delineation drill holes have been planned to test areas of the Jericho Kimberlite Complex where it is felt that additional data points are required and to determine the potential for increased tonnage.
Talmora Diamond Inc. (CNSX:TAI) is pleased to announce that it proposes to complete a part brokered and part non-brokered private placement of up to 25,000,000 Units, comprised of at least 20,000,000 Hard Dollar Units and up to 5,000,000 Flow-Through Units at $0.05 per Unit, for gross proceeds of up to $1,250,000. The private placement is expected to close not later than May 16, 2011.