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This is the 122-carat diamond Alrosa just found at its Jubilee pipe

The massive rock worth about $1.5 million.

Colombia bans mining in country’s vast moorlands

Mining in the area of the Andes mountains right above…

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Zimbabwe central bank: Sell diamonds to set up gold-backed currency

The Israeli Diamond Industry website reports the governor of Zimababwe's central bank is proposing that the country sell its diamonds to fund a gold-backed currency to replace the defunct Zimbabwean dollar, which was suspended due to hyperinflation. The Antwerp-based Diamond High Council estimates that Zimbabwe will become the largest producer of diamond in the world by 2013, with an expected volume of 40m carats per year worth some $2bn annually from the rich deposits in Marange. Zimbabwe is currently the subject of an international ban on the export of its diamonds.

Harry Winston plans to secure additional polished diamond supply in support of its growth objectives

Harry Winston Diamond Corporation (TSX:HW) (NYSE:HWD) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a business relationship with Diamond Asset Advisors AG ("DAA") who are in the process of establishing a polished diamond investment fund. The fund will be structured as a limited partnership, of up to US$250 million, offering institutional investors direct exposure to the wholesale market price of polished diamonds. Under the terms of the Company's arrangements with the fund, the Company's expert diamond team will source diamonds that have the same high quality characteristics that Harry Winston uses in its jewelry and timepieces, with a portion coming from the Company's existing inventory.

Oraco Resources announces acquisition of diamond and gold mining operations in West Africa

Oraco Resources, Inc. (“Oraco”) announced today that it has acquired the contractual rights for the disposition of diamonds, gold, and any other minerals recovered in both the Zimmi Town, Pujehun District and the Gbense Tailings No. 5 reserve in the Koidu Town, Kono District of Sierra Leone through the acquisition of 100% of the ownership of Oraco Resources, Inc., a Canadian corporation (“ORI”), and Jyork Industries, Inc., a Sierra Leone company (“Jyork”). “Oraco’s main focus in Sierra Leone is to locate, prospect, and mine for diamonds, gold and other natural resources, while at the same time purchasing and exporting rough gem quality diamonds for sorting, polishing, cutting and sale”

India Net Polished Exports $553M in April

Gross exports of polished diamonds from India continue to grow, rising 5.5% year over year. In April the country exported nearly 5 million carats worth $2.05 billion, according to the latest figures published by the GJEPC.

Errant Indian diamond exporters to face the heat

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.

Sotheby’s Q1 sales rise 23%

Sotheby’s reported a net income of $2.4 million in the first quarter ended March 31. Traditionally the auction house posts a loss […]