Diamond Mining News

De Beers partners with UN to empower women in its diamond producing countries

It will invest US$3 million to advance the prospects of women and girls by addressing key priority areas.

Tanzania orders wall built around tanzanite mines, purchases of stones

President John Magufuli also directed the central bank to buy the precious stone to boost reserves — the latest twist in a spat with mining firms over alleged tax evasion.

Washington buys Dominion Diamond for $1.2bn as investors ok sale

Transaction gives the US-based buyer full ownership of Canada’s Ekati diamond mine and a 40% stake in Diavik, which is operated by Rio Tinto.

Stellar Diamonds seeks to fund first post-Ebola mine in Sierra Leone

The operation would be second biggest diamond mine in Sierra Leone.

IIDGR announces four new diamond grading partnerships in Asia

The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research, part of De Beers Group, has established four new diamond grading partnerships with leading diamond jewellery retailers in Thailand, Vietnam and China.

South Africa labour disputes drag Petra Diamonds shares down

Shares in the diamond miner fell for a second consecutive day after it warned that two of its South african mines had been affected by strikes.

Gem Diamonds finds another huge diamond at Lesotho mine

Finding follows the recovery of five other diamonds of over 100 carats so far this year at the company's flagship Letšeng mine, in Lesotho.

Canadian miners increase efforts to prevent child and forced labour in the supply chain

Initiative seeks contributing to global efforts in preventing the use of child and forced labour in the mining supply chain, and to providing information needed to demonstrate the responsible sourcing of minerals and metals.

Petra Diamonds may breach debt covenants on troubles in Tanzania

The Africa-focused diamond miner said that would likely happen unless it solves its issues with the government of Tanzania.

Botswana seeks option to buy unusually big diamonds from its mines

Draft bill gives government first option to buy unusually large diamonds found in the country's mines, such as the world's second-biggest 1,109 carat diamond discovered by Lucara two years ago.

Rio Tinto's chief financial officer Chris Lynch to retire in 2018

He joined the company's board in September 2011 and was appointed chief financial officer in April 2013.

Evolving role and perception of women in society creating new sources of diamond jewellery demand

New research published today by De Beers Group in its latest Diamond Insight Report reveals that shifting relationship dynamics, women’s expanding roles in society and changing perceptions of femininity are creating new motivations for diamond jewellery acquisitions.

Rio Tinto showcases its largest red diamond in Asia

Rio Tinto’s iconic Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender is being showcased to connoisseurs and collectors from across Asia in Hong Kong.

Ingr expands in China with extension of Soo Kee Group Grading partnership

The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research has announced it is expanding its existing grading partnership with Soo Kee Group into China, following the launch of Soo Kee’s bridal specialist brand, Love & Co., in the country.

De Beers to provide retailers with increased synthetic detection confidence

The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research, a De Beers Group company, has announced that the industry’s first synthetic screening device for set jewellery,

Zimbabwe diamonds backing country’s secret police — report

International watchdog group Global Witness says political elites and security forces have controlled and secretly exploited Zimbabwe's diamond sector for over a decade.

Petra Diamonds shares crater after Tanzania seizes $15 million shipment

The diamond miner also had to halt operations at its Williamson mine as several key employees are being questioned by local authorities.

PEA extends Ekati minelife by 7 years to 2042

A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of the Ekati mine in Canada's Northwest Territories has the iconic diamond operation staying open seven more years.

Tanzania kicks off probe into Petra Diamonds contract, orders officials to resign

President John Magufuli has asked for a review of a local contract belonging to Petra Diamonds and ordered senior officials to resign over the outcome of a probe into the diamond and tanzanite sector.

App uses augmented reality to help diamond buyers

People can now try on different engagement rings from anywhere in the world using augmented reality

How Russia plans to compete with India in the diamond market

Moscow wants state-owned Alrosa to offer more favorable terms to local cutters

Alrosa to auction rough and polished diamonds at the Eastern Economic Forum

"We have seen the interest of clients from Asia Pacific," the company’s Vice President said

De Beers diamond sales down 20% on earlier Diwali

The world’s largest rough diamond producer by value reported provisional revenue of $505 million compared with $639 million in the same period a year earlier.

ALROSA invites independent auditor to analyze causes of accident at Mir mine

An independent audit will be conducted to make an overall assessment of all decisions and actions at the design, construction and operation stages of Mir underground mine.

Brazil judge blocks decree allowing mining in Amazon

Federal judge Rolando Spanholo said opening the area known as Renca to mining can only be done by an act of Congress under the constitution.