Rio Tinto Appoints Patrick Boitumelo President of Diavik Diamond Mines

Rio Tinto press release: Rio Tinto has appointed Patrick Boitumelo as President and Chief operating officer, Diavik Diamond Mines. "Patrick has extensive operational, stakeholder management and corporate strategy experience at a senior level across a number of businesses in the mining industry, including diamonds, soda ash and salts, nickel, iron ore, copper and copper by-products. Most recently he was general manager of engineering and projects at Kennecott Utah Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA."

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Firestone Diamonds Ends H1 2017 with $8.8M Loss, Post-Period Sales $13.7M

Firestone Diamonds reports its unaudited interim results for H1 2017 - six months ended 31 December 2016 - highlighting the completion and commissioning of its Liqhobong Diamond Mine (Project) leading to its post-period initial two diamond sales in Antwerp. The Project was completed on time and within the US$185.4 million budget, and commissioning commenced in October 2016. Firestone achieved nameplate capacity on multiple occasions and 402,440 tons treated, recovering 57,723 carats at a total cost of $5.6 million.

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Botswana Diamonds Moving Projects Forward, Interim Loss Narrows

Botswana Diamonds PLC published its interim financial results for the six months ended 31 December 2016, said its loss narrowed in the first half of the current financial year, and said it has been a "very active time" for the miner in recent months. The miner highlights the appointment of a new managing director in December as James Campbell took over as managing director of the business and, during the first half, Botswana Diamonds entered into a phased earn-in agreement with Vutomi Mining Pty Ltd, a late stage diamond explorer in South Africa. Maibwe, the company's joint venture in the K

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Lucapa Diamond Co. Posts Resource Reports for Mothae and Lulo Mines

Lucapa Diamond Company has posted a maiden JORC resource estimate for the Mothae Kimberlite Diamond Project located in the southern African country Lesotho, and has updated its JORC diamond resource for the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola. The maiden Mothae JORC estimate is over one million carats of diamonds with an average modelled value of $1,063 per carat, while the Lulo report notes a 10% increase in volume over the

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There is no ways that we, as the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), can in good conscience grant permits to artisanal miners for deep-level mines, that in most cases are being accessed using old, abandoned shaft infrastructure, which are unsafe. We would essentially be sending people to their deaths. Our aim is to allow artisanal miners to undertake mining on surface deposits by supporting them in attaining the required permits and procuring the necessary personal protective equipment.

- South Africa's Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant, on combating illegal mining and promoting artisanal mining in South Africa

Diamond Miner ALROSA Among Top 3 for Environmental Responsibility

Russia's diamond mining giant ALROSA, the world leader in diamond mining volumes, ranked among the top three in the first environmental responsibility rating of Russian mining companies. ALROSA placed in the top three of all sections of the rating: "Environmental Management/Policy", "Environmental Impact" and "Disclosure/Transparency", the company announced in a press release. According to the assessors, these ratings reflect leadership in terms of transparency and in terms of minimizing the negative impact on the environment.

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Canadian Miners Dominion Diamonds and Stornoway Considering Merger

Canadian diamond miners Dominion Diamond Corp and Stornoway Diamond Corp have held talks about a potential merger in recent months, reports Reuters. The people that disclosed the matter declined to be named as the discussions are private. "The talks include Stornoway's chief executive officer and president, Matt Manson, becoming CEO of the merged group, one source said, adding that the discussions on an all-share merger started in January.

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Sierra Leone To Sell 709 Carat Diamond by International Tender

Sierra Leone's Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources and the National Minerals Agency have issued a press release stating that the 709.48-carat rough diamond found in Koryardu village, Tankoro chiefdom in Kono district, Eastern Sierra Leone on March 14 will be sold inside Sierra Leone by international tender. Interested parties from all over the world will have the opportunity to participate.

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Dominion Diamond Corp. Open To Discuss Sale, Has Received No Formal Offer

Dominion Diamond Corporation has sent an notice to its investors reconfirming that, "While its Board of Directors remains confident in the Company's long-term strategic plan and the opportunity it provides to enhance value for all shareholders, as it always has, the Board remains open to holding discussions with Washington Corporations ("WashCorps") on customary terms and in a manner that protects the interests of the Company and its stakeholders." 

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Washington Corps Makes Public $1.1B Bid To Acquire Dominion Diamonds

Canadian mining company Dominion Diamond Corp. received a $1.1 billion bid from a privately held conglomerate in Montana, but the two sides are at a negotiating impasse, setting the stage for a public takeover fight, writes The Wall Street Journal.

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New CEO Ivanov Committed to Diamond Miner ALROSA's Strategy

The new chief executive of diamond miner ALROSA, Sergei Ivanov, said he would remain committed to the Russian state-controlled company's strategy, which has focused on mining, selling non-core assets and increasing production organically. Ivanov, who was officially elected to the top position at the diamond miner earlier this week, made the announcement on Thursday during a conference call to discuss the IFRS financial results for 2016.

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Dominion Diamonds' 2018 Guidance Projects 62% Sales Rise, 9-10M Carats

Dominion Diamond Corporation today (March 17) released its guidance for sales, Adjusted EBITDA, unit operating costs, and capital and exploration expenditures for fiscal 2018 (ending January 31, 2018); they expect sales to be between $875 and $975 million, an increase of 62% compared to fiscal 2017 sales, assuming the mid-point of fiscal 2018 guidance is achieved. They reaffirmed their production guidance released earlier this year for the Ekati Diamond Mine and Diavik Diamond Mine.

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Sierra Leone 706-Carat Diamond Unveiled, To Benefit Country

A photograph of the 706-carat diamond (previously reported as 709-ct.) discovered by a Christian pastor in Sierra Leone's eastern Kono region has been published on The Republic of Sierra Leone's State House website. A local chief from Kono handed the stone to President Ernest Bai Koroma on behalf of Emmanuel Momoh who made the discovery. The government plans to auction it.

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Pangolin Confirms Diamonds in Six Zones at Malatswae Project, Botswana

Pangolin Diamonds Corp.,a diamond exploration company in Botswana, has confirmed in a project update the presence of diamonds in six geographically different zones within the Malatswae Diamond Project. The focus at the Malatswae Diamond Project has been on six separate kimberlite sources and geographic zones producing indicator minerals within a 30km x 20km area of the project. A total of sixteen +0.5mm diamonds have now been discovered in soil samples within these six zones.

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Reports of Huge Diamond (709 Carats) Recovered in Sierra Leone

BBC News and Premier are reporting that an artisanal miner, who is apparently a Christian pastor, has discovered one of the world's largest rough diamonds in Sierra Leone's Kono district. If correct, and if it is gem-quality, the diamond, said to weigh 709 carats, would be one of the 20 largest gem-quality diamonds ever found - coming in at #13, right behind the famous 726-carat Jonker Diamond recovered at the Elandsfontein mine in South Africa on January 17, 1934, and just ahead of the 650.80-carat Jubilee Diamond, discovered in 1895 in South Africa.

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ALROSA Sees Revenues Rise 41% to $5.45 Billion in 2016

Russian diamond mining giant ALROSA's 2016 revenue increased by 41% y-o-y and totaled $5.45 billion (RUB 317.1bn), the company announced in a press release. Its EBITDA grew by 49% y-o-y to $3.03 billion (RUB 176.4bn), with EBITDA margin totaled 56%. Net income surged fourfold y-o-y to $2.29 billion (RUB 133.5bn). Free cash flow increased threefold to $1.91 billion (RUB 111.4bn). ALROSA is off to a solid start in 2017, as their rough diamond sales in February 2017 amounted to US$389.8 million, an 8.8% increase over the $358.2 million sold in January.

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Grib Diamonds Nearly Doubles LUKOIL's Diamond Revenue in 2016

Russia's leading oil and gas company Lukoil has reported revenue from sales of rough diamonds from its Grib Mine in Russia in the amount of nearly $340 million (RUB 20 billion) for the year 2016, representing an 82% increase over the $186m (RUB 11bn) in 2015 (see link to financial statement, p.25).

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Why Are Diamond Mining Stocks Struggling? Paul Zimnisky Has An Ideas

Diamond industry analyst Paul Zimnisky, author of the Zimnisky Global Rough Diamond Price Index, provides his thoughts on the recent struggles of diamond mining stocks. Given what is now being widely considered as a recovery and stabilization of the diamond industry last year, an optimistic post-election U.S.

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Fewer Large Stone Recoveries Send Gem Diamonds into 2016 Loss

Gem Diamonds fell to an annual loss in 2016 as the decline in the recovery of diamonds larger than 100 carats has had a "disappointing impact" upon revenue and cash flow, while poor prices achieved from its smaller diamonds from the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana forced it to book a large exceptional charge and led it to stop production at the mine.

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Australia’s Merlin Diamonds Recovers Five Green Diamonds

Merlin Diamonds Ltd., the owner of the Merlin diamond mine in the Northern Territory, Australia, has announced the recovery of five green diamonds from the Kaye pit, amongst them intense greens. The largest green diamond recovered is 1.4cts. They also note that more green diamonds have been recovered from the ongoing mining operations at Merlin, and are being validated by independent experts.

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ALROSA Supervisory Board Elects Sergey Ivanov as President

The supervisory board of ALROSA Joint-Stock Company, the world's largest diamond producer, voted at the March 13, 2017 meeting to elect Sergey Ivanov as president of ALROSA. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev last week signed a directive to appoint Sergey Ivanov to be the head of diamond mining company ALROSA, and now the company has formally elected their new president. A company press release provides the following details: 

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GJEPC Hosting International Diamond Conference 2017

The Gem and Jewelry Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) will host the International Diamond Conference, "Mines to Market 2017", to be held on March 19 and 20, 2017 in Mumbai. It will gather leading miners, diamantaires, retailers, bankers and analysts from across the globe on a single platform to discuss issues faced by the global diamond industry, such as supply and demand, marketing and financing, and will cover all aspects of the diamond pipeline including mining, midstream, marketing & retail, international finance, valuation with KP and diamond certification.
 

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Paul Zimnisky's Overview of Diamond Industry, 2016 Through Early 2017

Diamond industry analyst and author of the Zimnisky Global Rough Diamond Price Index, Paul Zimnisky, takes us on, "A Trip Through the Diamond Industry in March 2017." If there is one trip you make this weekend, we recommend this one.

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ALROSA Sells $390M Rough Diamonds in Feb., up 9% over Jan.

Russian diamond miner ALROSA's rough diamond sales in February 2017 amounted to US$389.8 million, an 8.8% increase over the $358.2 million sold in January. This brings Alrosa's rough sales for the first two months of 2017 to nearly $750 million, a slight drop from the estimated $780-800 million sold during the first two months of 2016.

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Lucara Diamond Recovers 300+ Carats from BK02 (Botswana) Sample

Lucara Diamond has recovered a total of 22 stones greater than 1 carat in weight, including 5 diamonds in excess of 2 carats in weight - with the largest being a 4.56 white/grey octahedron - from their BK02 exploration project in Botswana. A total of 309.79 carats were recovered from the processing of 5,021 tons of BK02-2, for a sample grade of 6.2 cpht (carats per hundred ton).

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First Diamonds Discovered in Manitoba Province, Canada

Winnipeg geologists discovered the very first micro-diamonds in the Manitoba province in Canada. The discovery was made by an informal consortium of Manitoba and Alberta prospectors in the northeastern part of the province.

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Zimbabwe Diamond Company Fires Another CEO, Plans Exploration

The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) has fired its acting chief executive Ridge Nyashanu amid reports of a dramatic plunge in production and revenue, reports the Zimbabwe Independent. The ZCDC produced about 900,000 carats last year from peak figures of 12 million carats annually. The latest firing comes a few months after the ZCDC relieved its former CEO Mark Mabhudhu of his duties in unclear circumstances. Nyashanu was replaced by Morris Mpofu, who was the head of the exchange control unit at the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ).

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Sergei Ivanov Officially Appointed President of Russian Diamond Miner ALROSA

Following the resignation of Andrey Zharkov as president of ALROSA, Sergey Ivanov, ex-head of insurer SOGAZ, and senior vice-president of Russia's largest lender Sberbank, was yesterday, March 6, officially appointed as President of the company for a three-year term. His appointment was signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.  "The government directive on your appointment to the position of head of the sole executive body of ALROSA has been signed.

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Peregrine Diamonds: Positive Economic Assessment of Chidliak Project, Will Keep Drilling

Peregrine Diamonds, a TSX-listed diamond exploration and development company with assets located in northern Canada and Botswana, has completed an internal concept study of a potential open-pit plus underground mining development at its 100% owned CH-6 kimberlite pipe at the Chidliak Diamond Project near Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. It concluded there is the potential to substantially enhance the economics of the Chidliak Project by incorporating an underground mining operation.

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Rio Tinto Lowers Argyle Mine Diamond Mineral Resources Estimate

Rio Tinto has lowered by 66% its estimate of the mineral resources available at its Argyle diamond mine in Australia: the estimate now reflects solely the current mine plan, whereas the previous estimate included resources calculated with an extension of the mine taken into account. This extension is now under review. In a statement released last week, Rio Tinto writes, "During 2016, estimated Argyle Mineral Resources exclusive of ore reserves decreased by 29 million tons (Mt), from 44Mt to 15Mt" as a result of this recalculation.

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Kennady Diamonds Completes Bulk Sampling at Faraday 2 Kimberlite in NWT

Canadian junior miner Kennady Diamonds whose Kennady North diamond project is located in Canada’s Northwest Territories in proximity to the Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine, has completed the bulk sampling program on the Faraday 2 pipe with approximately 265 tons of kimberlite collected from 29 large diameter drill holes. The two reverse circulation drill rigs are now focused on the nearby Faraday 3 kimberlite and have commenced drilling with the target of collecting a 300 ton sample from this pipe. Kennady Diamonds President and CEO, Dr.

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Lucapa Diamond Co.'s Second Sale 2017: $6.9M at US$4,446 Per Carat

Lucapa Diamond Co. and its partners Empresa Nacional de Diamantes E.P. (“Endiama”) and Rosas & Petalas have announced the results of their second rough diamond sale from the Lulo Project in Angola: The parcel of 1,552 carats achieved gross sale proceeds of US$6.9 million (A$9.1 million). This represents an exceptional average price per carat of US$4,446 (A$5,836), bringing the total gross proceeds achieved at Lulo to date in 2017 to US$10.7 million (A$14.0 million). Lucapa has thereby reached the A$100 million ($75 m) milestone from sales of Lulo diamonds.

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Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine in NWT Reaches Commercial Production

Gahcho Kué, the world’s largest new diamond mine in the last 13 years, officially began commercial production today (2 March 2017), De Beers announced in a press release. The mine, a joint venture with De Beers Group (51%) and Mountain Province Diamonds (49%), is expected to produce approximately 54 million carats of rough diamonds over its lifetime. Production ramp up began on 1 August 2016 and the official opening ceremony took place on 20 September 2016. Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group, said: “Today marks a significant landmark for De Beers in Canada as Gahcho Kué becomes an important

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ALROSA Earns $21.8 Million at Special (10.8 Carat+) Diamond Auction

According to a press release, ALROSA, the world’s largest diamond producer by volume, reported the results of the international diamond auction, which took place in the Sixth International Diamond Week in Israel (IDWI), offering for sale special-size natural rough diamonds (10.8-ct+) , as well as polished goods. The company sold 105 lots of rough and polished diamonds worth $21.8 million during the trading session held on 13-16 February, 2017 in the City of Ramat Gan, Israel. The auction was attended by 119 buyers from 30 countries.

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De Beers Cycle 2 Rough Diamond Sales Down 25% from Jan., Earns $545M

The De Beers Group of Companies has announced the (provisional) value of rough diamond sales (Global Sightholder Sales and Auction Sales) for the second sales cycle of 2017 has earned $545 million. This represents a 25% dropoff from the $729 million achieved in Cycle 1, and is nearly 12% lower than in Cycle 2 2016, which earned $617 million. Nonetheless, excluding January 2017, it is the largest sales cycle since September of 2016. 

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Rockwell Diamonds Finalizes Sale of Remhoogte and Saxendrift Mines

As announced in December 2016, junior miner Rockwell Diamonds signed an agreement to sell "none-core assets" - the Remhoogte and Saxendrift mines - to Nelesco Proprietary 318 for US$3.48 million (ZAR45m); it has now been completed. The sale and purchase agreement also releases Rockwell from environmental and tax liabilities (rehabilitation liabilities) totalling US$5.40 million (R70m) as well as the transfer of 100 employees.

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Stellar Diamonds Inks Deal To Operate Tonguma Mine, Sierra Leone

Stellar Diamonds plc, the London listed diamond development company focused on West Africa, has signed an agreement to operate the Tonguma mine in Sierra Leone, adjacent to the company’s own Tongo mine.

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Stornoway Diamonds Ends Memorable 2016 In Strong Position

Stornoway Diamond Corporation has issued its annual results, detailing a memorable 2016. Their Renard Diamond Mine officially opened on October 19, 2016, and following the commencement of ore processing on July 15, 2016, commercial production was formally declared on January 1, 2017. The first sale of Renard Diamonds was held during November in Antwerp in Belgium. In total, 38,913 carats were sold at an average price of US$195 per carat, for proceeds of US$7.6 million (C$10.2 m).

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South African Junior Diamond Miner Trans Hex Sees Improving Sales in Q3

Trans Hex, a JSE-listed diamond exploration and mining company with well-established land operations in South Africa and interests in Angola, says trading volumes have returned to normal as a result of improved market conditions, leading to stronger results at its October 2016, December 2016 and February 2017 tender sales of rough diamond production from its wholly owned South African operations.

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Dominion Diamond: Q4 2017 Rough Diamond Sales Fall 27% as Production Surges

Dominion Diamonds has announced that sales of Ekati Diamond Mine and Diavik Diamond Mine diamonds fell 27% in Q4 2017 (November 2016 through January 2017) and 21% overall in FY 2017, despite the quantity of diamonds sold increasing 24% in Q4 and 61% for the year. It has also provided Q4 production results from its Ekati Mine, where carat production increased by 93% compared to the same period in the prior year due to the positive impact of processing of a large proportion of high grade Misery ore.

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ALROSA Unearths 120+ Carat Diamond

ALROSA recovered a large diamond of 121.88 carats from Jubilee kimberlite pipe in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), according to a press release (translated by Rough-Polished). The diamond was extracted by the company’s business unit Aikhal Mining and Processing Division (MPD) at the processing plant No.14. The diamond crystal has a yellowish tint, its dimensions are 28 х 18 х 19.5 mm.

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De Beers Confirms 2016 Rebound as Rough Diamond Sales, Profits Rise

Anglo American and De Beers' 2016 Annual Financial Results (preliminary) confirm a solid rebound from 2015 for the rough diamond giant, with annual revenues increasing 30% to $6.1 billion from $4.7 billion, on the back of a 37% rise in rough diamond sales, which reached $5.6 billion.

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Zimbabwe Finance Minister: Zim Diamond Industry "Dead", Needs Reviving

The decision to consolidate diamond mining killed the industry in Zimbabwe and government is currently re-engaging the Chinese companies that were operating in Marange to reach an amicable settlement, said Finance Minister, Patrick Chinamasa while addressing Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI). New Zimbabwe writes that according to the minister, the diamond mining sector is "dead" and is currently not contributing meaningfully towards the country's foreign currency earnings. "As of now the diamond sector is dead.

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DDA Trading Opens 2nd Sale of Namibian Marine Rough Diamonds in Antwerp

DDA Trading Bvba is pleased to announce the second sale of Namibian Marine Rough Diamonds in Antwerp. They will be offering approx. 8,900cts of Full ROM, Original Marine Goods of Gem quality. The goods are from the underwater concessions of Diamond Fields Namibia ML 111. Viewings will take place by appointment only in Antwerp at DDA Trading’s office in the Antwerp Diamond Bank, Pelikaanstraat 54, Floor 6, 2018 Antwerp from Monday 20 to Monday 27 February with the sale closing on Tuesday the 28th of February.

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Petra Diamonds Reports Strong H1 2017 as Revenue, Production and Profit Rise

Petra Diamonds Limited has announced strong results for the six months to 31 December 2016 (H1 2017), with rough diamond production, revenues and carats sold all seeing substantial increases. Revenues were up 48% to US$228.5 million (H1 FY 2016: US$154.0 million) or US$217.6 excluding exceptional diamonds, with net profit after tax up more than 35% to US$35.2 million (H1 FY 2016: US$2.2 million loss) and an EBITDA margin of 38% (H1 FY 2016: 31%), indicating increased profitability. Petra's carats sold in the first half jumped 47% to 1.9 Mcts.

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ALROSA Stepping Up Diamond Branding & Marketing Efforts

Russian mining giant ALROSA is stepping up its marketing game beyond its contributions to the Diamond Producers Association (DPA), we were told this past Wednesday at ALROSA Night - a joint initiative between the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) and ALROSA at the Belgian Ambassador's Residence in Moscow.

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Lucara Diamond Posts Record Sales in 2016: $295.5M at $824/Carat

Lucara Diamond Corp., which runs the Karowe Mine in Botswana and holds multiple exploration licences in the region, reports record earnings - and dividends - for the year 2016. Revenues increased 32% to $295.5 million from $223.8 million in 2015, with its EBITDA surging 38% to $184.4 million on the back of a 40% rise in price per carat achieved: $824 per carat compared to $593 per carat a year ago. However, net income declined 9% to $70.7 million in 2016, mainly due to a foreign-exchange loss of $11 million compared with a gain of $15 million a year earlier, the company.

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North Arrow Closes Acquisition of Qilalugaq and Pikoo Diamond Projects

On January 17, 2017, North Arrow Minerals - a Canadian based exploration company focused on the identification and evaluation of diamond exploration opportunities in Canada - announced it had entered a property purchase agreement with Stornoway Diamond Corporation under which North Arrow will acquire Stornoway’s remaining interests in the Qilalugaq (Nunavut) and Pikoo (Saskatchewan) Diamond Projects.

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Angola State Diamond Co. Endiama To Develop Luaxe Project Exclusively with ALROSA

The Angolan state diamond company, Endiama, said it is currently negotiating with its partner ALROSA for the financing of the Luaxe kimberlite project and will not seek additional investors, reports Macauhub. The Luaxe Kimberlite was discovered in 2012 when Endiama and ALROSA carried out the correlation study to identify Angola's diamond potential. The geological research points to reserves evaluated at 350 million carats and a mining lifespan of 30 years.

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Gem Diamonds Puts Ghaghoo Mine (Botswana) on Care & Maintenance

Gem Diamonds - a leading global diamond producer that owns 70% of the Letšeng mine in Lesotho, known for its high-value diamonds, and 100% of the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana, which produces diamonds at the lower-end of the price scale - has decided that its Ghaghoo mine will be placed on "care and maintenance" with immediate effect. That is to say, it is shutting down operations until profitability is more feasible.

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Namibia Anti-Corruption Commission Drops Inquiry Into Namib Desert Diamonds

Namibia's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has dropped an investigation into whether a new government independent sales company called Namib Desert Diamonds (Namdia) deliberately sold Namibian diamonds cheaply to Dubai-based firms, writes The Namibian, which first broke the story back in November 2016. The Namibian previously raised concerns that Namdia, tasked to sell stones worth over US$150 million (N$2.1 billion) per year as stipulated by a

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Chairman of Anglo American To Step Down in 2017

Anglo American, the London-based diversified mining conglomerate including the De Beers Group in its portfolio, has announced that Sir John Parker intends to step down, after serving eight years as Chairman, during the course of 2017. Sir John Parker, Chairman of Anglo American, said: "Having seen Anglo American emerge in a strong position from the mining industry downturn, with its sharp falls in commodity prices between 2014 and 2016, I believe that the time is now right for the Board to seek my successor during the course of 2017.

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Lucapa's Latest Big Find: 227 Ct. High Quality Diamond, 2nd Largest from Angola

Lucapa Diamond Co., the Australian miner with its main operations at the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola, hqs confirmed recovery of a high-quality (Type IIa, D color) 227-carat diamond. It is the second largest diamond recovered to date at Lulo, following the recovery of a 404-carat stone a year ago. The latest diamond was recovered using Lucapa's new XRT large diamond recovery circuit recently installed at Lulo, and derived from its new Mining Block 28. It is the 7th +100 carat diamond recovered to date at the project.

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Uncertain Future for Argyle Diamond Mine

Last year Rio Tinto’s diamond revenue slid 12%, leading them to review their plans to extend the life of the Argyle diamond mine, considering the global demand for rough had otherwise strengthened, writes The West Australian. Rio Tinto spent $US2.5 billion expanding the Argyle mine below ground with an expected lifespan reaching 2021. Should they decide not to continue with the planned underground extension, the mine’s closure could come considerably sooner. They are yet to announce whether they will continue with the second stage of the underground block cave at the East Kimberley mine.

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Lucapa Diamond Co.'s First 2017 Sale Earns $3.8M at $1,276 per Carat

Australia's Lucapa Diamond Company, whose main asset is the Lulo diamond project in Angola, has sold a parcel of 2,946 carats of Lulo diamonds earning gross proceeds of US$3.8 million (A$4.9M). This represents an average price per carat of US$1,276 (A$1,671), a far cry from their $2,983 per carat average from the fourth quarter of 2016. The sale comprised diamond recoveries through December 31 2016, and included a 75-carat diamond and a 55-carat diamond.

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Kennady Diamonds Ramps Up Bulk Sampling of Faraday Kimberlite

Kennady Diamonds Inc., which controls 100 percent of the Kennady North diamond project located in Canada’s Northwest Territories in proximity to the Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine, announced that their bulk sampling of the Faraday 2 kimberlite is progressing well with 12 drill holes completed and 100 tons of kimberlite collected since the program began on January 20. Kennady plans to recover a total of approximately 570 tons of kimberlite from the Faraday kimberlites during the 2017 winter program, including 260 tons from Faraday 2, 300 tons from the Fa

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Exclusive: Stuart Brown, CEO Firestone Diamonds, on Eve of First Rough Tender in Antwerp

Firestone Diamonds, the newest diamond miner in the Kingdom of Lesotho, is holding its maiden tender of diamonds from their Liqhobong Mine (Firestone 75%, Lesotho 25%) in Antwerp this week. It was the perfect occasion to catch up with Firestone CEO Stuart Brown in the offices of First Element, the tender house hosting the sale.

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De Beers Suspends Victor Diamond Mine Expansion Indefinitely

De Beers is shelving immediate plans to study an expansion project, called Tango, at its Victor diamond mine in northern Ontario after failing to get support from a neighboring aboriginal community, writes Reuters.

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Rio Tinto Hands Keys to Bunder Diamond Project to Gov't of Madhya Pradesh

Rio Tinto has announced it will relinquish its interest in the Bunder diamond project in India "due to commercial considerations" and will gift it to the Government of Madhya Pradesh. The move is not entirely unexpected, as Rio Tinto announced back in August 2016 it would not proceed with the development of Bunder and would be seeking to close all project infrastructure.

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ALROSA's January Rough Diamond Sales Highest Since Indian Cash Crisis

ALROSA, the Russian diamond mining giant, reports January sales of rough diamonds at $358.2 million and polished at $7.8 million; overall sales of $365.4 million represent a 107% increase over December 2016 and a 60% increase over the same period last year. The miner said it was "cautiously optimistic" that the trade in lower quality, low-cost goods - the majority of which are destined for India - is stabilizing.

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