Exceptionally large diamond recoveries are, as a rule, an exception, but today we had two announcements of some very impressive stones: Lucara Diamond unveiled 223-carat stone from its Karowe mine in Botswana, while Lucapa Diamond Co. added a 128-carat find from its Lulo diamond field in Angola.
Angolan president Joao Lourenço came into power about 18 months ago, stating his intention to fully reform the country's diamond industry, and his progress has been undeniable. Starting with untangling the country from the business interests of his predecessor’s family - president Jose Eduardo dos Santos and his daughter Isabel dos Santos - he set out to increase transparency and promote the country ́s image abroad in order to facilitate the exportation of goods and services and attract direct foreign investment. Lucapa Diamond Co.
The state of the diamond mining industry as 2019 enters full swing is concerning to many throughout the trade. The fall in prices of small, lower-quality diamonds, a staple of many miners, had participants at the Africa Mining Indaba last week concerned about the sustainability of their operations if the market does not correct this year, with some even concerned about their survival.
Lucapa Diamond Co. sold seven large, top-quality diamonds weighing 498 carats at the inaugural competitive tender under Angola’s new diamond marketing policy, earning US$16.7 million, representing an average price of US$33,530 per carat. The exceptional stones from the Lulo alluvial mine in Angola were offered for sale via electronic tender organised by Sodiam (Angolan state diamond marketing company) in Luanda.
Lucapa Diamond Company has commenced commercial diamond recoveries at its new 1.1Mtpa (million tons per annum) Mothae mine, a "high-quality kimberlite resource" located in Lesotho. Lucapa has been developing a new mine at Mothae throughout 2018 to complement production from the high-value Lulo mine in Angola. During Q4 2018, Lucapa completed construction of Mothae's new treatment plant, which incorporates two XRT diamond recovery circuits, and commenced the commissioning phase.
Mining company Lucapa Diamonds and its partners on the Lulo project in Angola have announced that their diamonds will feature in an historic inaugural international tender in the country. The tender is part of the new Angolan diamond marketing laws recently been approved by President Joao Lourenco and the Council of Ministers. According to Lucapa, the policy shifts in Angola allow management to plan for the sale of such high-value stones, something the company was not able to do before because previous rules forced producers to sell their gems to middlemen below international prices.
Australian miner Lucapa Diamonds earned $4.2 million from its latest tender of rough goods from its Lulo alluvial mine in Angola, as it continues to hold back high-value goods until it can take advantage of Angola's new marketing policy. The sale involved 3,411 carats and earned an average price of $1,220 per carat, and brings the miner's total sales of Lulo diamonds for the year to $24.5 million at an average price per carat which now stands at $1,353, a figure which has declined from an average price per carat of $1,642 as of the half-way point of 2018.
Lucapa Diamond Company, which only two weeks ago commenced its commissioning of the 1.1Mtpa (million ton per annum) treatment plant at the high-quality Mothae kimberlite open-pit diamond mine in Lesotho, will be holding its first ever tender of Mothae diamonds in Antwerp, starting November 12. The Mothae treatment plant, which incorporates two XRT diamond recovery circuits, will be ramped up to its nameplate capacity throughout the December quarter.
During initial tests of new flood plains being explored near the Lulo diamond project in Angola, Lucapa Diamond Company has discovered of a new alluvial source of large and premium-value diamonds. Lucapa reports a total of 1,502 carats recovered so far from 11,155 bulk cubic metres processed, achieving a diamond grade of 13.5 carats per 100 cubic metres. The sample included 17 specials (+10.8 carats), including an exceptional 55 carat Type IIa D-colour white The average size of the diamond recovered was 1.4 carats.
All signs are pointing upward for Lucapa Diamond Co. these days, with the exception of their rough diamond sales in Q3, which fell by 49% as the miner withheld several exceptional, large and premium-value specials (+10.8 ct.) for sale at a later date. This parcel (pictured) includes a 46-carat pink, and top-color Type IIa white diamonds weighing 114, 85, 75, 70, 62, and 43 carats respectively.
Lucapa Diamond Company has commenced its commissioning of the 1.1Mtpa (million tonne per annum) treatment plant at the high-quality Mothae kimberlite open-pit diamond mine in Lesotho (Lucapa 70%; Gov't of Lesotho 30%), despite the challenges of the winter snowfalls in the Maluti Mountains (altitude > 3,000 metres).
CEO of Australia’s Lucapa Diamond Company, Stephen Wetherall, paid a visit to Antwerp recently, where The Diamond Loupe caught up with him. We encountered an optimistic CEO that is clearly excited about the future of Lucapa, and justifiably so. The growing miner operates, together with its partners in Angola, the highest-value and most promising alluvial diamond project in the world - the Lulo Diamond Project.
Lucapa Diamond Company Ltd., a growing diamond company with a portfolio of high-quality production, development and exploration assets in Angola, Lesotho, Australia and Botswana, has been awarded a new Mineral Investment Contract (MIC) by the Angolan Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum for the Lulo kimberlite exploration licence. The MIC covers a five-year period through to 30 April 2023. Lucapa Managing Director Stephen Wetherall said the gazetting of the new five-year MIC for the Lulo kimberlite licence was further evidence of Angola’s diamond sector reforms and the strong working
Lucapa Diamond Company today announced that a selection of large, premium-value Lulo diamonds will be the first Lulo production sold through new marketing channels being introduced as part of Angola’s diamond sector reforms, which represent a milestone for Angola's rough diamond trade. Additionally, Lucapa has exported its first parcel of ~2,500 carats of diamonds recovered from the Mothae kimberlite diamond mine in Lesotho to the global diamond trading centre of Antwerp, Belgium.
Australian-based Lucapa Diamond Company, whose flagship operation is the Lulo diamond project in Angola, reports the recovery 1,100 diamonds from a 178 kg drill sample at the Brooking diamond project in Western Australia’s West Kimberley lamproite province. The miner's "exceptional results" from the Little Spring Creek discovery included 18 macro-diamonds and 1,082 micro-diamonds, recovered from drill hole LSC/DH002. “The latest micro-diamond results from Little Spring Creek are some of the best I have seen in the diamond space," said Lucapa Managing Director Stephen Wetherall.
Lucapa Diamond Company completed the first sale of alluvial diamonds for H2 2018 from the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola: the parcel of 2,527 carats achieved gross sale proceeds of US$2.0 million (A$2.7 million), representing an average price per carat of US$800 (A$1,079), as several large stones were excluded from the sale.
Lucapa Diamond Co. has announced the recovery of a 114 carat diamond from the alluvial Lulo Diamond Project in Angola, the 11th +100 carat diamond recovered to date from the prolific Lulo diamond field and the third so far in 2018. The 114 carat diamond adds to a significant inventory of large diamonds currently held for a later sale by Lulo mining company Sociedade Mineira Do Lulo.
Australian-listed Lucapa Diamond Company Limited recovered an 89.75-carat yellow diamond from the Mothae Diamond Project in Lesotho. The diamond was recovered from the current bulk sampling program at Mothae as construction of the new 150 ton-per-hour commercial diamond plant continues on schedule for H2 2018 commissioning, the company said.
Australian diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Corp. earned US$2 million (A$2.7 million) in revenues from its latest sale of rough diamonds from the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola. Lucapa sold 1,782 carats at an average price per carat of US$1,150 (A$1,530). Including this sale, the miner's gross proceeds from Lulo diamond sales to date in H1 2018 now sits at US$15.9 million (A$20.2 million) at an average price per carat of US$1,642 (A$2,093). The sale excluded a number of large white specials (+10.8 carats) and a coloured special, which were held back for a future sale.
The fact of the matter is, if you are not selling a diamond at international commercial tender in Antwerp, you are not achieving the best price. We’re achieving the best prices in the world for an alluvial diamond mine, so it’s not a bad start. But could you get more for your diamonds at international tender? The answer would be yes.
- Mark Drummond, Head of Investor Relations at Lucapa Diamonds, on Angola opening up diamond sales
Lucapa Diamond has recovered 25 carat yellow gem diamond from the Mothae kimberlite mine in Lesotho during first two days of trial processing following bulk sampling plant modifications, causing them to rethink their expectations for the mine. "Significantly", they note, "the gem-quality Special was recovered from the Neck Zone of the Mothae kimberlite" which is not part of the current +1 million carat resource estimate. They also recovered a 6 carat diamond during the first two days of trial processing of material from the Neck Zone.
Lucapa Diamond Company has recovered a gem-quality 46 carat pink diamond from the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola, the largest gem-quality coloured diamond recovered to date from the Lulo mining operations. The 46 carat pink eclipsed the 43 carat yellow gem recovered in January 2018 and the 39 carat pink recovered in September 2016.
The Lucapa Diamond Company has announced it has secured major investment backing from a new cornerstone investor and existing shareholders to advance its diamond projects and continue delivering on its growth strategy. The US$12.7 million (A$16.5 million) placement, at no discount to market price, will enable Lucapa to immediately launch an extensive follow-up exploration program, including further drilling, at the Brooking diamond discovery in Western Australia’s West Kimberley region, the company states.
Australia's Lucapa Diamond Co., with assets in Angola, Lesotho, Australia and Botswana, has announced in its Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2017 that diamond sales fell 38% to $31.6 million last year compared with $51 million a year earlier, though the 2016 figures are skewed by the $16 million sale of Angola's largest ever rough diamond, the 404-carat 4th February Stone.
Lucapa Diamond Company (partners Endiama and Rosas & Petalas) completed the second sale for 2018 of diamonds from the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola. The sale of 2,072 carats of Lulo diamonds achieved gross proceeds of US$1.7 million (A$2.1 million), representing an average price per carat of US$804. The largest diamond weighed 44 carats in the sale parcel, which also included a vivid pink of 1.9 carats. The latest sale brought gross proceeds from Lulo diamonds sales to date in 2018 to US$10.8 million (A$13.5 million) at an average price per carat of US$1,731.
Australian junior miner Lucapa Diamond Company has recovered the first diamonds from its 70% owned Mothae kimberlite mine in Lesotho, the company reports in an ASX announcement. The diamonds were recovered through the existing bulk sampling plant and infrastructure at Mothae, which has been refurbished ahead of schedule, as part of the previously announced bulk sampling program (BSP).
Australia's Lucapa Diamond Company has announced their Q4 and final 2017 results, with fewer large diamond recoveries and lower prices achieved leading to a 38% decline in annual sales. The company earned $31.6 million in revenue from diamond recovered at their Lulo Diamond Project in Angola, compared to $51 million a year ago. Last year's figures include the 404 carat "4th February Stone", which sold for US$16m in February 2016. Even without the earnings from that big diamond, however, sales would still have been 10% lower than the $35 million earned in 2016 excluding the big stone.
A global miner hoping to revive the Kimberley diamond industry has made a significant discovery, only 50km east of the old Ellendale mine that once produced half the world's rare fancy yellow diamonds, writes ABC Australia. Only a few weeks after Lucapa Diamond Company began drilling for lamproite on its Brooking project, it has uncovered 119 diamonds, including seven macro diamonds. The diamonds were recovered from an 86.8kg core sample in a 7.5cm drill hole at Little Spring Creek in the West Kimberley.
The impressive rough diamond recoveries by Australian miner Lucapa Diamond Co. from the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola continue at pace, with the latest recoveries including a 116-carat low-quality diamond and a 43-carat yellow gem. The 43-carat yellow is the largest colored gem-quality diamond recovered to date from Lulo, surpassing the 39-carat pink recovered in September 2016. Both stones were unearthed from Mining Block 8 at Lulo. The 116 carat stone was recovered through the XRT large-diamond recovery circuit installed at Lulo in late 2016.
Lucapa Diamond Company Ltd. has announced the recovery of rough diamonds weighing 103 carats and 83 carats, both of which were recovered from Mining Block 8. The 103 carat light brown diamond and 83 carat Type IIa diamond, the company says, "continue to evidence the special nature and potential of the Lulo resource." The 103-carat diamond is the 9th +100 carat diamond recovered to date from Lulo, the largest being the Angolan record 404-carat 4th February Stone which sold for US$16 million in 2016.
Australia's Lucapa Diamond Co. and its Angolan partners, Endiama and Rosas & Petalas, have decided to schedule the next diamond sale for early 2018. The timing of this sale is designed to maximise sale proceeds by selling into a usually stronger demand period at the beginning of the year. The next sale parcel of alluvial diamonds from the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola will total 2,160 carats. This includes the exceptional 129 carat and 78 carat Type IIa D-colour Lulo diamonds recovered from Mining Block 6 in November 2017.
Lucapa Diamond Company and its partners, Endiama and Rosas & Petalas, have completed their eighth sale in 2017 of alluvial diamonds from the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola, earning gross proceeds of US$7.3 million (A$9.6 million), representing an average price per carat of US$1,770 (A$2,332) from 4,126 carats. The latest sale brought gross proceeds from Lulo diamond sales to date in 2017 to US$31.6 million at an average price per carat of US$1,668.
The largest-ever D-flawless diamond to be put up for auction, mounted in a diamond and emerald necklace, sold for $33.7 million Tuesday night, including buyer’s fees. The white “Creation 1” diamond from Swiss jeweler de Grisogono weighs 163 carats. The hammer went down at 29.5 million Swiss francs ($29.7 million), excluding the buyer’s premium — around the midpoint of the pre-sale estimates before the auction at Christie’s in Geneva. The buyer was not immediately identified.
Australian junior miner Lucapa Diamond Company and its partners, recovered a 129.58 carat rough diamond from the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola, the eight stone above 100 carats since commercial production started in 2015.
Lucapa Diamond last week adopted a new development plan for the high-value Mothae kimberlite diamond project that foresees increases in targeted production, cash flows and mine life. The improvements to targeted production and cash flows include: a 22% increase in diamond production to 498k carats, a 30% increase in kimberlite material mined to 25 million tons and a 12% increase in mine life to 13.5 years.
Australian junior miner Lucapa Diamond Company today announced it has secured $15 million in debt financing to bring its high-value Mothae kimberlite diamond project in Lesotho into production in 2018. The secured US$15 million three-year debt facility has been arranged with private Singaporean company Equigold. It is repayable in eight quarterly payments commencing December 2018, by when Lucapa expects Mothae to be in steady state production under its Phase 1 development plan.
Independent analyst and consultant on diamonds and the mining industry, and publisher of the Zimnisky Global Rough Diamond Price Index, Paul Zimnisky has published an in-depth article, "The Discovery of Newsworthy Diamonds is Increasing", analysing the rise of noteworthy diamond recoveries in the past five years in particular. Reprinted from Paul Zimnisky Diamond Analytics, courtesy of Paul Zimnisky.
Australian junior miner Lucapa Diamond Company has completed the seventh sale for 2017. The company earned US$7.4 million from the tender of 3,214 carats of rough alluvial diamonds from the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola. This represents an average price of $2,298 per carat, and brings gross proceeds from Lulo diamond sales in 2017 to US$24.3 million, for an average of US$1,640 per carat. The company notes that diamond recoveries and grades have improved at Lulo since the return to the high-value Mining Block 8 and 6 areas, after the Angolan wet season.
Australian junior miner Lucapa Diamond Company earned US$1.5 million from the sale of 2,070 carats of rough alluvial diamonds from the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola during the sixth sale of 2017. This represents an average price of US$710 per carat, and brings gross proceeds from Lulo diamond sales in 2017 to US$17 million, for an average price of US$1,485 per carat. The company notes that diamond recoveries and grades have improved at Lulo since the return to the high-value Mining Block 8 and 6 areas, after the Angolan wet season.
Australia's Lucapa Diamond Company reports that production and sales of diamonds from the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola jumped 63% and 58% respectively in the second quarter of 2017. Lulo alluvial mining company, Sociedade Mineira Do Lulo (Lucapa is 40% owner and operator) produced 4,203 carats of diamonds during the quarter, bringing their total for the first half of 2017 to 8,301 carats, a 46% overall increase compared to the year prior. In Q2, the 4,203 carats were obtained from 3,336 stones, with their average weight holding steady at 1.3 carats.