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  • 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.

  • The Angolan authorities have shut down 279 diamonds sale and purchase houses, as well as canceled the activity of 122 co-operatives dealing in diamonds exploration, 52 days after the start of the “Operation Transparency”, announced last Wednesday in the northern Malanje Province, reports Angolan Press outlet ANGOP. “Operation Transparency” is essentially intended to fight illegal immigration, illegal exploration of diamonds and put a stop to environmental crimes committed in the ambit of the irregular prospecting of minerals.

  • 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.

  • A nationwide crackdown on diamond shop owners and potentially illicit dealers in Angola last week led to four people being killed and seven injured in the Lunda Norte province bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo. The incidents occured on the margins of a police operation targeting foreign nationals suspected of diamond smuggling, media said last Friday.

  • 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. 

  • Tango Mining Limited, a Canadian diversified junior mining company with several projects in southern Africa, has been busy expanding its portfolio of diamond projects. Tango is the lead company at the Oena diamond mine in South Africa, as well as Txapemba, an 84 sq km concession in Angola that Tango took operational control of last October. It also recently acquired 75% of the Middlepits project - an alluvial diamond property in Botswana, which it will not be responsible for mining - and has now signed new agreements in Angola and Liberia.

  • Representatives from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) this morning joined Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, Didier Reynders in Angola, where he hosted a Diamond Breakfast Symposium in cooperation with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Angola, HE Frank Felix. The mission to Angola is intended to reinforce the momentum established between the two countries during the visit of the President of Angola, João Lourenço, to Antwerp last June, where they discussed increased cooperation concerning diamond trading.

  • Angolan mining company Sociedade Mineira da Catoca, the fourth largest producer of diamonds in the world and the largest in Angola, has appointed Benedito Paulo Manuel as its new chief executive. He replaces Sergei Amelin, a Russian, who after three years of office has made his post available "to take on new challenges." Manuel said Catoca would in the next five years focus on improving operational efficiency to boost diamond output and tax contribution. Catoca currently produces over 86% of all Angolan diamonds by volume and 60% by value.

  • 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.

  • World Diamond Council (WDC) executives traveled to Angola last week for a series of meetings with stakeholders involved in the Kimberley Process (KP). WDC Acting President Stephane Fischler and Executive Director Marie-Chantal Kaninda made the trip at the invitation of Angolan authorities, marking the first time there has been a WDC mission to Angola outside of a formal KP meeting.

  • 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.

  • Angolan President João Lourenço has vowed to reform Angola’s diamond industry, increasing its transparency in order to facilitate the exportation of goods, attract foreign investment and increase government revenue from the country's natural resources.

  • 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.

  • Koin International will hold a rough diamond tender in Antwerp from 18 - 26 June 2018, including original productions from Meya Mining (Sierra Leone), Ekapa Minerals (Kimberley, South Africa), and over 60,000cts of rough goods from Angola. The tender will also feature an Single Stone Tender of 'special' (+10.8 carat) stones from Angola. All productions are a full range of colours and qualities.

  • Angola’s Catoca, the world’s fifth largest diamond mine, estimates it lost $464 million over the past six years due to a government-imposed marketing system that obliged it to sell production below international prices, writes Reuters after having been shown in March a company presentation. President João Lourenço has vowed to reform Angola’s diamond industry, increasing its transparency in order to facilitate the exportation of goods and services and attract direct foreign investment, all in the interest delivering greater revenues from the country's natural resources.

  • João Lourenço, the President of the world’s fifth largest diamond-producing country, Angola, today paid a ceremonious visit to the world’s largest diamond trade center, Antwerp - his first visit to an international diamond trade hub. In what was initially described as a friendly, exploratory house-call, President Lourenço made it clear that he views his visit to Antwerp as part of his intention 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.

  • ALROSA, jointly with Endiama, is planning to invest about $500-700 million in Luaxe mining project in Angola, accoring to Russian news agency TASS as reported by Rough&Polished. Last year, ALROSA increased its shareholding in Catoca mining to 41%, ensuring a stronger role in the development of the Luaxe pipe in close proximity to Catoca's infrastructure. Luaxe has a reported reserve of some 350-million carats in the Luele Kimberlite pipe. The operation is projected to have a life-of-mine of 29 years, cover a surface area of 100 ha and reach a depth of 400 m.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Angola's new president João Lourenço, who took power in September and says he wants to shed Angola’s image as an opaque oil economy with rampant corruption, continues to make good on his promise to tackle family monopolies and make Angola more attractive to investors.

  • Sergey Ivanov (37), the young CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the world’s largest diamond miner, ALROSA, was in Antwerp for the company’s annual meeting with its 56 long-term clients. ALROSA is a traditional company in a traditional business, and still evokes the reputation of a state-owned giant despite the partial privatization (currently 34%) of the company a few years ago.

  • Angola produced 9.44 million carats of diamonds last year, a 5 percent increase from the 9.02 million carats produced in 2016, based on data presented by the country’s Ministry of Mineral Resources, reports Rough & Polished from the Mining Indaba in South Africa. Rough diamond sales earned $1.102 billion in revenue, a 2 percent increase from 2016, as the average price per carat dropped 2.4 percent to $116.76 per carat compared with $119.65 per carat in 2016. 

  • 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.

  • The Sociedade Mineira de Catoca (Catoca) mining company in Angola intends to mine 7 million carats of diamonds next year, said Russian CEO Sergei Amelin. In November this year, the company announced it expected to mine 8 million carats of diamonds by the end of the year (2017), so their forecast for coming year represents a 6 percent step back comparted to 2017. The information was released on Tuesday in Saurimo City, eastern Lunda Sul Province, by the company’s general director, Sergei Amelin, who did not add the expected profit for this year.

  • Russian diamond giant ALROSA has announced plans to open an office in India to monitor the local market, tagging Jim Vimadalal, who previously worked at Indian offices of Rio Tinto and Swarovski, as Director of ALROSA's representative office in Mumbai. The representative office won't be engaged in trading activity, but will rather focus on cooperating with local industry organizations and advising current clients of the company on different technical issues, the company said. He will also negotiate with potential clients and monitor the condition of Indian diamond market.

  • 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.

  • The President of the Republic of Angola João Lourenço signed the Decree permitting the redistribution of 16.4% stake in the share capital of Catoca Ltd Mining Co to Wargan Holdings Limited, which belongs 100% to PJSC ALROSA. At a later stage, a 16.4% stake in Catoca will be equally distributed between ALROSA and ENDIAMA E.P., a national diamond mining company. The additional 8.2% stake will increase ALROSA's total stake in the company to 41%. The Decree of the President of the Republic of Angola will come into force early in January 2018.

  • 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.

  • Angolan state-owned diamond company Sodiam will divest a stake in Geneva-based jewelry maker De Grisogono - a Swiss firm controlled by the husband of the billionaire daughter (Isabel) of former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos - for “reasons of public interest and legality,” report Henrique Almeida and Candido Mendes for Bloomberg Markets. The move comes, the journalists write, as Angola’s new leader, President Joao Lourenco, untangles the country from the business interests of his predecessor’s family. 

  • 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. 

  • Russian diamond-mining giant ALROSA and its partners may commence commercial production at the Luaxe diamond deposit in Angola after 2020, "The test drilling is slated for late 2018 - early 2019. However, if we are talking about industrial production, it will certainly happen after 2020," said ALROSA President Sergey Ivanov. “Typically, the development of any major deposit from the project stage to the industrial production stage takes about between four and seven years”, Ivanov said.

  • 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.