Diamond Mining News

The Contango Report: silver contango balloons, sugar backwardation disappears

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 […]

Globe and Mail: BHP to mine Ekati diamonds a year longer

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 to sell Namaqualand to Trans Hex for $33.5M

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 announces sale of NM Mines

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 announces results of independent valuation of Gahcho Kué Diamonds

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 Investment Flemish Gold Corp. raises $10 million for gold exploration in Africa

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.

Buffett behind Borsheim’s counter, says diamond ring ‘a good investment'

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.

Harry Levy appointed president of London Diamond Bourse

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.

IDEX Online Research: Polished Prices Rise 1.9% in April, Index Breaks Record

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 commences drilling at Jericho diamond project in Nunavut and intersects additional kimberlite

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 announces equity financing to raise up to $1,250,000

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.

Rio Tinto to weather storm of fragile global economy

Rio Tinto , the world's third-largest miner, expects global markets to remain fragile in the near term and sees itself in a strong position to weather any turbulence, its chairman said on Thursday. The company said that it expected little impact on demand for commodities following the earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan, and said in the long run demand may increase as Japan moved to rebuild.

Three Cs Going Crazy in Commodities

With silver spiraling out of control, it's worth checking in on some of the other commodities. Indeed the agricultural or soft commodities have, as a group, been surging in recent times, sending the Dow Jones UBS commodities index up over 30% year on year. Not only have they inflated returns on broad based commodity investment products but they've inflated prices, political tensions, and economic risks around the globe.

Tanishq opens large-format outlet in Mumbai

Tanishq opened a large-format jewelry boutique at Andheri in suburban Mumbai on April 29. The 20,000 sq. ft. store was inaugurated by bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. Photo from Tanishq.

Charles & Colvard posts Q1 loss as it invests in business initiatives

Charles & Colvard’s first quarter net sales increased 4% to $3 million, the moissanite maker reported Thursday. The increased income did not prevent the company from falling into the red, posting a net loss of […]

True North Gems is pleased to announce the completion of the second tranche of its $3.4 million private placement

True North Gems Inc. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:TGX) announces that it has completed the second tranche of its previously announced and oversubscribed non-brokered private placement. The second closing is for proceeds of $615,000. The Company issued 6,150,000 units at a price of $0.10 per unit. Each unit is comprised of one common share and one half non-transferable common share purchase warrant, each warrant exercisable for one additional common share for a period of two years at a price of $0.15 per share for year one, and $0.20 per share for year two. Two finders received finders' fees of in the aggregate $21,500 in cash and 215,000 finders' warrants in connection with the closing of this second tranche, each finders' warrant exercisable for one common share for a period of two years at a price of $0.12 per share.

Today in Commodities: Tipping Point

We feel that some commodity prices are getting overextended and very close to their tipping pint. Far from an ultimate top but ready for a healthy correction. Crude traded to its highest level in two […]

Diamond demand growth boosts Namdeb numbers

Namdeb Diamond Corp said on Thursday that it had moved back into profit as the global recovery stoked demand for its luxury product and it was cautiously optimistic about the market picking up further. Namdeb, Namibia's main diamond producer, is a 50-50 joint venture between De Beers, which is 45 percent owned by mining group Anglo American (AAL.L: Quote), and the country's government.

Mother’s Day jewelry sales expected at $3 billion

Jewelry will be a popular gift option this Mother’s Day, with 31.2 percent of celebrants planning to buy mothers silver, gold or diamonds, up 19 percent from last year, according to a recent survey. Total […]

28 People Arrested in Diamond-Smuggling Ring Bust

Chinese police said they have shut down a Hong Kong-based diamond-smuggling ring, in three months of arrests and confiscations. Twenty eight people were arrested between January and March and diamonds worth $31 million were confiscated, making it one of the largest busts in diamond history.

Commodities: No bubble here

With commodity prices up so much over the past several years, you can forgive long-term value investors for giving them a miss. Who wants to risk exposure to another asset bubble so soon after the dot-com implosion and the U.S. housing mess?

Stornoway announces 2011 exploration program and budget

Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX:SWY) is pleased to announce the2011 exploration budget for the Company's portfolio of diamond exploration projects. Stornoway's flagship property is the 100% owned Renard Diamond Project in north-central Quebec, where a Feasibility Study and an associated Environmental and Social Impact Assessment are on track for completion in the third quarter of this year. Over the upcoming 12 month period Stornoway will also conduct a complementary program of discovery oriented exploration at several additional projects elsewhere within Canadawhere the potential exists for the discovery of new kimberlite camps close to infrastructure. Stornoway has allocated a budget of $5.6m to the 2011 exploration program, to be funded from existing cash resources.

Peregrine discovers CH-51 kimberlite at Chidliak

Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. ("Peregrine" or "the Company") (TSX:PGD) is pleased to report the discovery of the CH-51 kimberlite by core drilling on the Chidliak project ("Chidliak") on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. CH-51 is the first target drilled in 2011 and the fifty-first kimberlite discovered at Chidliak since 2008. CH-51 is located approximately 200 metres south of the CH-17 kimberlite, ten kilometres south of the CH-28 kimberlite and 40 kilometres north of the Southern Focus Area. Currently, CH-28 and six kimberlites within the Southern Focus Area have characteristics consistent with economic potential in Arctic settings.

Leighton JV wins US$586M mining service contract In Botswana: WSJ

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Leighton Holdings Ltd., and two joint venture partners, have obtained a contract worth $586 million, to last 66 months, at one of the richest diamond mines in Botswana.

Is commodities boom nearing its end?

The commodity bull has shown little sign of running out of steam - until now. Prices began to stumble as soon as a note from Goldman Sachs, the American banking giant, whizzed around trading desks across the globe last week. The broker advised clients to close its profitable "CCCP" play, which involved investing in a basket of crude oil, copper, cotton, platinum and soybeans. The commodities team, led by Jeffrey Currie, argued that after gaining 25pc since December, the risks to the trade had changed.