After a nearly 12-year negotiation, the High Court of Zimbabwe has granted a default order against the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, relating to a historic parcel of 129,400-carats of rough diamonds, which will be released to AIM UK-listed Vast Resources.
The company expects to receive the signed court order in coming days, following which Vast will clean and value the diamonds for the purpose of selling through a tender.
Vast will then determine the final quality assortment of the parcel once the diamonds are in its possession.
Ruba Abu-Nimah, Tiffany & Co.’s executive creative director for marketing and communications has left the brand. Abu-Nimah joined the American jeweller in March 2021, reporting to Alexandre Arnault, executive vice president of product and communications, following LVMH’s takeover that January.
Her departure was first reported by Women’s Wear Daily.
Round prices fell yet again during January amid continued hesitancy in the markets, although fancies fared much better. Overall demand remains slow, sentiment is weak, and manufacturing in India is still well below full capacity. Estimates for the number of workers laid off in Surat vary between 10,000 and 20,000. China scrapped its zero-COVID policy in December, which has freed up trade and travel, but has seen infection levels well above anything the country has ever experienced.
De Beers have announced the provisional value of their first sales cycle of 2023 for rough diamond sales at $450 million. The company also confirmed actual sales for between the 5 December and the 20 December at $417 million.
The $450 million compares unfavourably to $660 million in sales revenue for the same period last year.
The Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry in her Unioin Budget speech this week proposed certain budget allotments and new policies for the 23/24 fiscal year which made several provisions for the diamond sector in India who have recently suffered setbacks due to decreased exports and global market instabilities.
Rough diamond sales by Debswana Diamond Company reached record levels in 2022 jumping up by 22% from the previous year. The jump in sales has resulted from the West’s shunning of Russian stones whereby Botswana profited from steady global demand for diamond jewellery.
Lucapa has released the results of its fourth quarter of activity during the last year. According to a company press release, record volumes were processed last quarter, recovering four +100 carats including several fancy-colored stones valued at over $5.9 US million were set aside for a Lulo exceptional stone tender.
Mountain Province Diamonds has announced production and sales results for Q4 and 2022 from the Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine.
According to Rough & Polished, during Q4, 1,621,800 carats were recovered. For the full year 2022, 5.52 million carats were recovered (less than the guidance of 5.60 – 5.80 million carats). In 2022, approximately 2.7 million carats were sold at an average value of $112 per carat for total proceeds of $297.3 million. This compared to 3.2 million carats sold at an average value of US $75 per carat for total proceeds of US$236.9 million in FY 2021.
LVMH has achieved another record year in 2022 for the second consecutive year with sales up 23% to 79 billion euros and current operating profit showing similar growth, to €21 billion, keeping in line with analysts’ projections for the luxury brand. With a valuation that recently exceeded 400 billion euros, the company gained in all sectors in its portfolio last year with particularly strong growth in the US (+15%), in Europe (+35%) and in Japan (+31%).
Rio Tinto, which owns 100% of the Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories in Canada, has lowered Diavik’s 2023 production forecast – from 4.5 to 5 million carats to 3 to 3.8 million carats.
According to IDEX Online, Rio Tinto “gave no explanation for the lower forecast in its fourth quarter production results.” In 2022, actual production was on target – 4.7 million carats.
The Diavik diamond mine opened in 2003 and is scheduled to close in 2025.
Source: IDEX | Israeli Diamond
Photo Credit: Rio Tinto
The RJC has announced the appointment of writer and journalist Melanie Grant as the new executive Director of the organization. After several changes in the 2022 fiscal year, Grant’s appointment to the position represents the 3rd of such occurrences in under 12 months.
After a 3-year pause due to Covid-19, Israel International Diamond Week is finally back, launching its next edition from March 27 – 30, 2023. The event will feature a much-anticipated tender of polished goods held at the Israel Diamond Exchange’s International Tender Center. The tender will be conducted by Diagurus from March 26 – 30, 2023.
In the fully packed Teatro Palladio at Vicenzaoro, the reinvented design competition came to its conclusion with the announcement of winners in 3 design categories and the Global Winner of the overall competition. That ¬final honor falls upon the young and new talent Wang Xuerui from China. HRD CEO Ellen Joncheere also launched a new initiative to support young designers worldwide: the young Designers Community.
Belgium based company Signum who was known for pioneering on the NFT side of the diamond trade developing a blockchain style ledger to prove diamond authenticity, now intends on incorporating the sale of rough stones directly to the public along with its digital companion into their business model.
“We are aiming to create a new product and a new market,” Rafael Papismedov, co-founder and managing partner of Signum.
The Bank of Tanzania announced that the country’s diamond exports increased significantly to $63.1 million (USD) in value by November 2022. This is more than seven times of the $8.4 million export value that was recorded in the year-over year analysis since November 2021.
Lucapa Diamond Company Limited together with their Project Lulo partners, Endiama and Rosas & Petalas, have recovered a total of 41 diamonds weighing 66.05 carats in a recent kimberlite sample.
The sample also includes two special sized diamonds weighing 15.27 and 12.37 carats, with 12 diamonds greater than one carat recovered totaling of 50.21 carats.
Sarine Technologies has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Delgatto Diamond Finance Fund (DDFF) that will enable DDFF to “significantly” increase the amount of capital it provides to the rough sector, as well as expand the types of structures it offers enable more efficient rough diamond financing, starting from January 15th.
This year Lebanese Jeweler Fred Mouawad unveiled the newly crafted crown for the Miss Universe pageant following a 3-year partnership with The Miss Universe Organization.
Commenting on the relationship between the two entities, the jeweler stated, “the creative partnership draws on Mouawad’s strong heritage of designing jewellery for royalty and its reputation for crafting the extraordinary to craft exceptional, one-of-a-kind pieces befitting modern-day royalty.”
The Chinese conglomerate Fosun, best known as being the largest shareholder of insurer Ageas, is considering selling its majority stake in International Gemological Institute (IGI). The deal could value the Antwerp-based diamond evaluator at around 200 million euros, the Bloomberg news agency learned from sources close to the file.
In October, Fosun announced that it plans to sell up to $11 billion in assets to improve its liquidity position. In addition, Fosun would now, together with Deutsche Bank, evaluate the possibility of selling its 80 percent stake in IGI.
De Beers Group today announced that Stephen Lussier, De Beers Group Executive Vice President for Brands & Consumer Markets, will step down from his executive responsibilities on 1 April 2022 after 37 years with the company. Lussier will continue to contribute to De Beers as a strategic advisor and will continue to serve in his role as Chairman of the Natural Diamond Council.
India’s gem and jewellery exports have seen an increase of 8.26 percent in the current financial year, thanks in part to the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). The Indian government has taken several steps to support the gem and jewellery industry, including the implementation of a simplified regulatory framework for exports through e-commerce, reduced duties for the import of diamonds and a new gold monetization policy.
Citing plummeting demand for cut and polished diamonds in the West and China, the Surat Diamond Association has published a report that over 20,000 workers have been put out of work in the last one month in Surat, India.
The IIJS Signature expo returns to Mumbai this year after starting today January 5th going through the 9th. The expo organized by the GJEPC is taking every effort to make the show bigger, better and greener, expecting over 30,000 visitors to this year’s event. The expo plans to be carbon-neutral by 2025-26 and this expo is the first effort in that direction.
BlueRock Diamonds says it has finally gotten through the last of the problems that cut its processing production by over 30% caused by unseasonable rains that flooded the country last
April and again in October through November. In an update posted by London-based miner the company confirmed it was now back to normal production levels, even during a particularly rainy fourth quarter.
Botswana Diamonds (BOD), the UK-based explorer, says it is seeking joint venture opportunities to seek out new assets in Zimbabwe and South Africa in the new year.
Speaking of Zimbabwe, John Teeling, chairman of BOD, said in a trading update: “There are significant geological opportunities in the country. The objective is to find a formula, which suits all parties.”
Global diamond group DeBeers has reported an over 20% bump in auction sales towards the closing of the 2022 sales year during its 10th and final yearly sales cycle. The mining and trading firm sold £340million of the gems at its auction in December – up from £279million in December 2021.
Before the pandemic, diamond prices were falling as the market struggled with oversupply, economic slowdown in China, and a global squeeze on luxury goods spending. The estimated sales at the December auction were down 10 per cent on the November auction, where the firm made £377million.
Deloitte, in a recent survey study indicates that there will be a significant increase in watch sales this coming year, with growth in online purchases along with shoppers looking for pre-owned watches in efforts at finding more sustainable consumer solutions.
Chroma Diamonds founded by Alexander Appels and Jan De Henau is a relatively new company in the Antwerp diamond district, which specializes in colored diamonds. Stymied by the relatively “subjective process of color grading”, the 2 have set out on a mission to develop a device that provides more objective measurements for the grading of colored stones.
Anglo American PLC said Wednesday that rough-diamond sales by its majority-owned De Beers Group fell in 2022's 10th sales cycle compared with the previous cycle.
The FTSE 100 mining company said De Beers sold $410 million worth of diamonds in the 10th sales cycle of the year compared with $454 million in the ninth cycle. In the 10th cycle of 2021, it sold $336 million worth of diamonds.
According to market analysis firm Seeking Alpha, Signet’s management seems to be doing all the right things - whether it's making smart acquisitions, divesting a risky sub-prime financing business, shutting underperforming stores, or maintaining strong margins.
India’s Ministry of Finance has amended the ‘Exports by Post’ Regulations 2018 respectively for allowing postal authorities to set up, operate and maintain the PBE (Postal Bill of Export) Automated System for filing of electronic declaration for export of goods through Post.
The Italian Exhibition Group is holding the annual jewelry trade show at the Vicenza Expo Centre in Italy, from Jan. 20-24, alongside T. Gold, the technology and machinery show. More than an estimated 1,200 brands from 33 countries will be present at the event, featuring a mix of new and returning jewelry designers.
VO Vintage, IEG’s vintage watch and jewelry show, will also return from Jan. 20-23, and is open to the public.
The show will welcome back key brands, including Damiani, Roberto Coin, and Crivelli as well as Fope, Leo Pizzo, Annamaria Cammilli, and Crieri.
The Hearne kimberlite is one of four kimberlites being mined at Gahcho Kué Mine, which is presently ranked as 4th in the world by annual diamond production. Mountain Province is a 49% shareholder at Gahcho Kué with joint venture partner De Beers Canada as operators.
Jewelry trade publications such as JCK are reporting ever more instances of lab-grown diamonds bearing fraudulent inscriptions linked to grading reports for natural gems. “Given that the resale value of lab-grown diamonds is next to nothing,” said Soraya Cayen, owner of the Carmel, CA. jewelry salon, Cayen Collection, “retailers and consumers alike are understandably seeking confirmation that their diamond is a naturally mined one.”
Petra announces the results of Tender 3 of FY 2023, at which 305,366 carats were sold for a total of US$42.3 million across Petra’s mining operations.
“Petra’s third tender for FY 2023 saw a 2.2% increase in like-for-like prices on Tender 2 FY 2023, reversing the downward trend observed in the previous two tenders. Although it is still too early to speculate on whether rough diamond prices have bottomed out, we are very satisfied with the overall result, “said Richard Duffy, CEO of Petra.
Sotheby’s got $12.4 million for the 303.1 ct. Golden Canary—the recut version of the Incomparable—making it the third most valuable yellow diamond ever sold at auction. The Golden Canary is a Fancy Deep Brownish Yellow color and is considered the largest internally flawless diamond in the world.
The story of the Golden Canary’s discovery is also quite captivating.
The Chinese National Gemstone Testing Center (or NGTC for short) has issued the first digital certificates (or e-Certificate) for their strategic partner, Chow Taifook (or CTF for short). This is an important step for NGTC’s digitizing transformation. By downloading the NGTC APP or using the WeChat Applet, a user only needs to scan the NGTC certificate code to retrieve the NGTC digital certificate immediately.
Molefi Letsiki is the chairman of the South African Diamond Dealers Club, executive committee member of The World Federation of Diamond Bourses and one of the founding members of Young Diamantaires. He is also the co-founder and former president of the South African Young Diamond Beneficiators Guild which aims to achieve increased diamond beneficiation of African produced rough diamonds, and ambassador of World Diamond Council systems of warranties.
Rajesh Chandrakant Gandhi, husband of Kalpu Gandhi, peacefully passed on 24 January 2023 in Antwerp.
His funeral will be held on 26 January 2023 at Crematorium Antwerpen located at Jules Moretuslei 2, 2610 Antwerp from 3PM onwards.
The Prathna Sabha will be held on 27 January 2023 at the Auditorium inside Hotel Ter Elst located at Kattenbroek 1, 2650 Edegem from 5PM to 7PM.
He will forever be remembered for his benevolent heart and jovial nature. May his soul rest in peace.
Barton Gold has announced that they have just completed a diamond drilling program at the Tunkillia project in South Australia. The company had announced its plans to diversify it’s mining activities last September in a press release stating that “as the footprint of this project grows with each program, we are increasingly excited about the scale potential of this system.”
The 2200-meter program targeted depth extensions of the 223 deposit and the Area 51 zone of an established gold mine, however this time prospecting for diamonds.
Amid the threat of a looming financial recession for the diamond sector in Surat, the GJEPC now seeks a new series of policies they believe will add to manufacturing revenues. This has been another of a late series of attempts by the GJEPC to counter-act the pressures facing India’s diamond sector since the decline of Russian imports and the closure of the Chinese marketplace.
The IDEX Polished Price Index reported a 2.62% decline in November, standing at 132.76 – “its biggest monthly drop since April of this year.” According to the analysis, several factors are “dampening demand and squeezing prices” – uncertainties over the US economy, EU Recession fears for Q-4, the war in Ukraine and China’s Covid lockdowns along with the protests against them.
De Beers had two more strikeouts with its Exceptional Blue Collection recovered in Petra’s South African Cullinan mine, this last Dec. 7 - perhaps a harbinger of waning demand in the colored diamond auction market.
Rough diamond prices are likely to remain firm in FY2024 as no major ramp-up in mining output (of rough diamonds) is expected over the next two years. This, coupled with recessionary pressures, shall continue to exert pressure on the revenues and profit margins of Indian cut and polished diamond (CPD) entities in FY2024, according to credit rating agency ICRA.
Diamond miners in Zimbabwe are now required to pay half their royalties to the government in rough stones, 40 per cent in local currency and 10 per cent in foreign currency. The annual earnings of the mining sector have nearly doubled from US$2.7 billion in 2017 to US$5.73 billion in 2021. Projections by the Ministry of Finance show that mining earnings will reach US$7.3 billion by the end of the year, achieving 60.8% of the US$12 billion target for 2023.
Declaring a slight -0.09% loss on the GBX in 2022, Botswana Diamonds (BD) remains optimistic regarding their latest strategy of acquiring existing lots from former mining exploitations. This year alone the company has increased its stake to 50% in the Maibwe joint venture by acquiring a stake from the liquidator of BCL in Botswana, and then landed an acquisition deal of the KX36 discovery from Sekaka Diamonds (a subsidiary of Petra Diamonds) which contains substantial quantities of diamonds.
Lucapa Diamond Company together with Project Lulo partners, Endiama and Rosas & Petalas, announced the recovery of diamonds from the initial processing of the Lulo kimberlite L164 bulk sample through the stand-alone, dedicated kimberlite bulk sample plant.
With the imminent coronation of England’s newest monarch, Leviev Diamonds has unveiled “Empresses” — two rare, pristinely cut stones to pay tribute to Camilla, Queen Consort and Her Royal Highness Catherine, The Princess of Wales.
PRESS RELEASE: Dec. 5, 2022, released by CIBJO
Philips has set the auction date of December 13, 2022, for the sale of lot-139, a Fancy pink diamond Boodles Necklace, among other pieces.
Set with an oval fancy intense pink diamond weighing 4.05 carats, the chain highlighted with collet-set brilliant-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum, length approximately 18 1/8 inches, signed Boodles, case stamped Boodles. The piece is accompanied by a certified GIA report (no. 2155635097), stating that the diamond is Fancy Intense Pink, Natural Color, with VS2 Clarity.
A one-of-a-kind yellow and pink diamond ring showcasing the finest gems from Rio Tinto’s diamond mines has been unveiled in Sydney. Titled the Diavik Midnight SunTM, this statement piece is a powerful symbol of the union of two of the world’s most coveted jewels: yellow diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Diavik diamond mine in sub-Arctic Canada, and Argyle Pink DiamondsTM from the iconic mine in the remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Rolex a notable brand and player in the Antwerp diamond scene has reportedly bought 100,000 square meters of land in Bulle the equivalent of ten football fields about fourteen miles north of Montreux on Lake Geneva, in Western Switzerland. To keep up with increased global demand for their signature watches the company has plans to build a facility employing up to 2,000 people.
Rolex currently employs around 30,000 people, according to industry sources.
Newfield Resources has entered into an asset purchase and sales agreement with DelGatto Diamond Finance Fund (DDFF) for an initial amount of $1.2-million (before costs), payable within 12 months from future diamond sales, to assist with the continued development of the company’s Tongo diamond mine, in Sierra Leone, and for general working capital.
Newfield took over Tongo in March 2018 when it acquired London-based Stellar Diamonds for $23.6m. Before that the mine was owned by Israeli diamantaire Beny Steinmetz, through Koidu Holdings, in which he held a controlling stake.
Firestone has reported the successful resumption of operations at the Liqhobong Mine after a two and-a-half-year care and maintenance period which commenced from March 2020. Firestone management remained mindful that any potential restart of activities would be required to take place at minimal cost and in the shortest possible timeframe. To achieve this, a number of work-streams were run in parallel, including, particularly, appointing a long-term mining contractor and essential staff.
Jewellery giant Luk Fook Holdings says its interim net profit increased slightly by 0.6% year-over-year to $84 million USD (HK$658 million) for the six-month period ending September 30, mainly due to a recovery of retail business in Hong Kong, which was most notably offset by a 21% drop in wholesale revenue on mainland China.
The retailing business remained the group's primary source of revenue, which benefited from declining gold prices and recovery of retail sentiment in some regions.
Researchers from the German institutions Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM), working jointly on a German Federal Ministry of Education and Research-funded project, have developed a quantum sensor that could better ensure safe removal of brain tumors without harming healthy tissue that surround it or areas such as the motor cortex and nerve pathways (see video).
Petra Diamonds Ltd on Thursday said it increased its diamond sales in the second tender for the financial year, but the average price per carat fell. The diamond mining company with operations in South Africa and Tanzania said its diamond sales in its second tender that ended November was GBP61.3 million, trebling from USD21.5 million during its second tender in October 2021 of its financial year 2022 that ended June 30.
De Beers’ innovation arm, Ignite, is launching a new diamond verification instrument which it promises can automatically screen large volumes of melee at speed, and identify rogue lab grown diamonds. According to De Beers, the device can be “easily operated in-house with no specialist expertise required,” further adding to the novelty of the device.
Mountain Province Diamonds has found new kimberlite on the claims and leases surrounding the existing Gaucho Kué mining operation in the Northwest Territories. The new KE kimberlite “is a distinct occurrence that is located about 450metres east of the Kelvin kimberlite,” the Toronto-based miner said on Wednesday. Further drilling of the KE kimberlite is planned for the 2023 exploration program, Mountain Province said. The mine is slated to operate until 2028.
Gahcho Kué is a joint venture between Mountain Province holding a 49% stake and De Beers Group, which owns 51%.
Antwerp welcomes a new player in the diamond district: Clarity Capital Finance. The company is an Antwerp-based Multi Seller Trade Receivables Finance Platform, a bespoke SPE set up for the purpose of providing trade receivable finance initially to mid-size diamond dealers based in Antwerp.