Diamond Mining News

Zimbabwe mining sector in $1bn deal with development banks

The Zimbabwe mining industry is expected to conclude a US$1 billion revolving facility at a number of African development banks to recapitalize mining firms as it emerges from a decade of hyperinflation, international sanctions and political turmoil that all but ground the sector to a halt. The mining industry, rich in precious metals and diamonds, made up roughly 20% of Zimbabwe's GDP and at $1.7bn 65% of all exports last year according to government statistics. This figure is set to increase dramatically particularly if the country receives approval to restart diamond exports currently under an international ban.

Russia muscles in on Zimbabwe's $5bn diamond stockpile

SW Radio Africa news reports India has raised concerns as Russia is set to join China in moves to control diamond mining in Zimbabwe, with the Federation’s state diamond group Gokhran seeking a license to mine at the controversial Chiadzwa fields. China already has two companies operating there in partnership with Zimbabwe’s state diamond firm. Zimbabwe is set to become the world's leading producer, with an expected volume of 40m carats per year worth some $2bn annually from the rich deposits in Chiadzwa and Marange. The troubled country, emerging from years of hyperinflation and political turmoil, is however barred from selling diamonds because of alleged human rights violations and has built up a stockpile worth $4bn–$5bn.

Strong Demand from Antwerp, Declining Interest for Near Gem at Diamdel

Diamdel sold 251 of the 256 rough diamond lots it offered at its recent auction. Demand for large goods, 2+ ct items, grainers and smaller goods increased compared to the previous auctions, while demand for Near Gem goods "has shown some deterioration," the company said. The company, a subsidiary of De Beers, does not disclose the total achieved value of its auctions.

Arjav Auction Opens Big Window for Small Dealers

Over 70 of the 120 bidders at the first online rough diamond auction held by Arjav Diamonds were small dealers who were able to successfully compete for rough against large operators, an Arjav spokesman told IDEX Online. “The fact that many of the stones had already been through process planning on the Sarin Galaxy machine was a great boon to many small operators who otherwise don’t have access to this kind of technology,” the spokesman said, noting that successful bidders were given the process-planning CD along with the stone.

Rio Tinto Pleased with LV Marketing Model

Rio Tinto’s inaugural participation in the Las Vegas shows was well received the company said Thursday. The diamond miner sought to support its clients by showcasing them in its boots as well directed visitors to clients' booth via a mobile application. On show at the Rio Tinto booth were a number of elements of its marketing mix, including pink diamonds.

ABN AMRO Considering Israeli Branch, 'Would Increase Financing to Israeli Diamond Trade'

Executives from leading diamond industry financer ABN AMRO met with Israel's Supervisor of Banks this week, as they are mulling over the possibility of opening a branch in the country. The round of meetings in Israel included a series of discussions with the Israel Diamond Exchange. Victor van der Kwast, the CEO of ABN AMRO Bank International and Diamond Jewelry Group (ID&JG) is visiting Israel with senior executives, stating that Israel is missing from their portfolio.

Vaaldiam stock near all time low after loss more than triples and Brazil mine ops suspended

Vaaldiam Mining net loss more than tripled in the first quarter to $7.6m after suspending operations at the Duas Barras diamond mine in Brazil. By close of trade on Wednesday shares in the company had fallen 21%, close to an all-time low leaving it with a market capitalization of a paltry $12m, a far cry from the $150m-plus valuation it commanded a decade ago. Vaaldiam said it will now focus on the development of the Brauna mine in Brazil after it paid $6.5m to increase its stake in the project to 51% in March. It has two other diamond mines in the country that are on care and maintenance.

IDEX Online News – JA Extends Cost of Doing Business Survey

Jewelers of America (JA) has extended the deadline for participation in its annual benchmarking survey of retail jewelers, the Cost of Doing Business Survey. The important survey enables participants to analyze their store’s financial data […]

IDEX Online News – IDEX Online Research: Signet’s New CEO Outlines His Priorities

Mike Barnes, Signet Jewelers’ new CEO who has been on the job for just a few months, took the opportunity to “set out our priorities” on a recent conference call with Wall Street analysts. The […]

IDEX Online News – Lakers Get Diamond Touch

f you found the recent NBA finals exciting, than this diamond jewelry line may well fit with your look. Gameplan Concepts, a California based jewelry company has launched the NBA Diamond Jewelry brand with Traditional […]

IDEX Online News – Unusually Large Rough Diamond Shipments from India to the U.S. in April

The U.S. imported 70,209 carats of gem quality rough diamonds in April, triple the typical monthly imports. The surge was in imports from India, ten times the regular volume of imports and more than 40% […]

IDEX Online News – Samples from Stornoways Renard Valuated at $182 p/c

A recent diamond valuation at Renard estimates the diamond samples from the Renard 2 and 3 kimberlite pipes at $182 p/c, an increase of 56% over the previous estimate made in September 2009. Stornoway Diamond Corporation […]

De Beers Canada and Mountain Province Diamonds Provide Gahcho Kue Project Update

Gahcho Kué JV partners De Beers Canada Inc. (51%) and Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. (49%) (TSX: MPV) (NYSE AMEX: MDM) today announced that they have:
  • Approved the Gahcho Kué feasibility study with agreed revisions and clarifications;
  • Approved the execution of the necessary development work for the Gahcho Kué project; and
  • Mandated the Gahcho Kué project operator to prepare a plan and budget for the development of the Gahcho Kué mine.
  • The plan and budget, once approved by the JV partners, will serve as the basis for a final investment decision, which is expected to be made once the partners have clarity on the progress of the environmental review currently underway.

Jewellers provide support as gold prices bounce

Gold rebounded on Tuesday after posting its biggest one-day loss in a month in the previous session on growing worries about another global economic downturn, but a weaker U.S. dollar and bargain hunting by jewellers offered support. While signs of a cooling Chinese economy could weigh on industrial metals, dealers expect no change in China's appetite for bullion. Investors were also awaiting a trail of U.S. data later in the day which could set the tone for commodities.

IDEX Online News – GIA Starting Pick Up Service in Dubai

GIA’s Dubai facility will offer free weekly pickup and delivery services of gemstones destined to GIA laboratories across the world for grading. G4S International Logistics will collect the goods from Almas Tower, the Gold Souk and other sections of the Emirate to GIA’s take-in office in the Dubai Airport Free Zone.

IDEX Online News – Shortages in SI Goods as Mumbai Dealers Ready for Hong Kong Show

Demand from the Chinese market for SI goods has resulted in shortages of this category of diamonds in the Mumbai market. There is a lot of anticipation that the upcoming Hong Kong trade show will reveal strong demand from the Chinese market. The Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair is opening on June 23.

IDEX Online News – IDEX Online Research: Signet’s New CEO Outlines His Priorities

Mike Barnes, Signet Jewelers’ new CEO who has been on the job for just a few months, took the opportunity to “set out our priorities” on a recent conference call with Wall Street analysts. The key priorities he mentioned are listed below. We expect to see more detail about these priorities in the coming months.

Stornoway announces 56% increase in Renard diamond price estimate

Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX:SWY) is pleased to announce the results of a recent diamond valuation exercise undertaken in support of the ongoing feasibility study at the Renard Diamond Project, Stornoway's 100% owned flagship project located in north central Québec. The diamond valuation was performed under the supervision of WWW International Diamond Consultants Ltd. ("WWW") in Antwerp, Belgium between May 9th-13th, 2011.

Endiama grants mining certificates to artisanal diamond producers

Angola's Minister of Geology, Mining and Industry, Joaquim David, distributed the first of 120 mining certificates to artisanal diamond producers last on Thursday in Cuango, Lunda Norte Province, with the objective of reducing unemployment in […]

Former Surat diamond association president to head SGCCI

The Surat Diamond Association's (SDA) former president, Rohit Mehta, will become the new president of India's Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) during today's 70th annual general meeting and installation ceremony, reports The

Luxury jewelry market facing dazzling future-China Mining

Luxury jewelry has traditionally not been considered as profitable as high-end watches, handbags and garments in the Chinese market. But this is fast changing. The country's fine jewelry market has been growing steadily in the […]

Winnipeg Free Press: Harry Winston expects dazzling diamond sales as more millionaires emerge

Winnipeg Free Press reports: Harry Winston Diamond Corp. (TSX:HW) expects sales of its luxury jewelry and timepieces to reach $1 billion per year in the next decade as the number of wealthy individuals continues to climb. "There is an enormous concentration of wealth around the world," Frederic De Narp, head of Harry Winston's retail segment, said at the company's annual general meeting Thursday.

Bloomberg: De Beers considers expansion of its Voorspoed Mine as diamond prices climb

Bloomberg reports: De Beers, the world’s largest diamond producer, is considering an expansion of its South African Voorspoed mine to extend the life of the operation by as much as eight years as prices for the gems climb. De Beers will complete a study this year on a proposed expansion that would prolong the mine’s life to “2026 or 2028,” rather than 2020 as currently planned, Mine Manager Mpumi Zikalala said today in an interview at the site near Kroonstad. It’s too early to estimate the cost of the project, which may include an underground section, she said.

African mining, De Beers, BEE – Oppenheimer speaks out

De Beers chairman Nicky Oppenheimer told a Washington audience Thursday that Africa has a bright future if its leaders embrace globalization and allow the private sector to flourish.

Shear Diamonds engages DRA Americas to evaluate Jericho diamond recovery plants

Shear Diamonds has engaged the services of DRA Americas to evaluate the existing diamond recovery plant at the Jericho diamond project, Nunavut. DRA is a world leader in the design and engineering of mineral process solutions with experience specific to Canada’s Northern diamond industry.