Alrosa inks agreement with GJEPC
State-owned Russian diamond mining company Alrosa has signed an agreement with India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council to share trade and statistical data on the diamond trade.
Shareholders seek to oust Scio board
A recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveals that a number of shareholders of Greenville, S.C.-based Scio want to replace the board because the lab-grown diamond company isn’t making any money.
Forevermark expands quality operations to India
De Beers’ diamond brand Forevermark is opening a second Diamond Institute in India next year in anticipation of the growth it is expecting to see in the coming years, the company announced Thursday.
De Beers adds another 5 sightholders
De Beers said Tuesday it is adding five more companies to its list of sightholders for the current contract period but won’t be releasing their names until early next month, when they are “formally appointed to the list.”
In Russia, AWDC strengthens ties with Alrosa
Leaders from Antwerp and Russia inked an agreement in Moscow Wednesday that deepens the partnership between the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and diamond miner Alrosa.
Arkansas diamond park yields large white
The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas continues to be a source of relatively large rough finds for visitors, including this 2.89-carat white diamond dubbed the “Jax Diamond,” which was unearthed by Brandon Kalenda last week.
70-carat white among stones in Rio Tinto tender
A 70-carat rough white diamond from the Diavik mine in Canada is among the lots that will be offered at Rio Tinto’s first tender of the year, which will take place in Israel and Antwerp.
Ivory Coast to ‘demand’ UN lift diamond ban
After being deemed compliant by the Kimberley Process in November, the Ivory Coast will urge the United Nations to lift its embargo on the nation’s diamond exports at a meeting scheduled for next month, Reuters reported.
Hari Krishna’s Kisna diamond jewelry wins award
The All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation awarded Hari Krishna Exports’ diamond jewelry brand Kisna with its 2014 Paramparik (Traditional) Jewelry of the Year Award for the west.
Fugitive in diamond investment scam dies at 57
A man wanted by federal authorities in Las Vegas in connection with an alleged diamond mining company stock scam that bilked investors out of millions has died in Canada, authorities have confirmed.
GIA temporarily suspends rush services to relocate
The Gemological Institute of America’s New York Laboratory announced recently that it is suspending two of its services next month as the organization prepares to relocate from its current offices to the International Gem Tower.
Rio Tinto’s diamond revenue up 15 percent
Rio Tinto reported Thursday that revenues from its diamond mining and sales unit increased 15 percent year-over-year, from $741 million in 2012 to $852 million in 2013.
De Beers: Diamond demand to rise slightly in ’14
Global demand for diamonds will increase slightly in 2014, fueled by a desire for polished diamonds in the United States and China, De Beers said when releasing it annual results Friday.
Antwerp hosting second sale of Zimbabwe diamonds
This week, Antwerp will host another run-of-mine tender of diamonds from Zimbabwe’s Marange region that will be “substantially bigger” than the first held in December, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre announced.
Malca-Amit creates the ‘Gaborone Express’
Following the relocation of De Beers’ sales operations to Gaborone, Botswana, Malca-Amit announced it is now offering jet shuttle service between Johannesburg and the Botswana capital.
De Beers’ Q4, full-year production rise
De Beers’ parent company Anglo American PLC reported Wednesday that diamond production increased by 13 percent to 9.1 million carats in the fourth quarter while full-year production was up 12 percent to 31.2 million carats.
95-carat, Type IIa diamond found in Angola
Mining company Lucapa has unearthed a 95.45-carat diamond from its Lulo Diamond Concession in western Angola, the second-largest stone recovered to date at the alluvial deposit.
US remains top market for Antwerp, Israel
The United States is still the No. 1 market for polished diamonds from both Antwerp and Israel, with both industry hubs reporting an increase in their respective diamond trades in 2013.
Indian jewelers select brand of the year
Indian Jeweller magazine awarded Kisna Diamond Jewellery, the flagship brand of Hari Krishna Exports, as the jewelry brand of the year in its Jewellers Choice Design Awards.
Diamond park compiles 2013 stats
Visitors uncovered a total of 453 diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas last year, down from the 530 found in 2012, according to Park Interpreter Margi Jenks.
Israel Diamond Exchange aids handicapped children
The Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) recently held a fundraising drive for ILAN, the Israel Foundation for Handicapped Children, an organization that helps thousands of physically handicapped children and adults across the country.
KP vice chair continues support of artisanal mining
The Government of Angola, the current vice chair of the Kimberley Process (KP), has renewed its financial support of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), the Ottawa-based nonprofit that is working to formalize the artisanal diamond mining sector.
Manufacturer AV Diamonds teams up with sightholder
Manufacturer and diamond wholesaler A.V. Diamonds announced that it now has a partnership with HVK International Private Ltd., a sightholder with both De Beers and Russian diamond miner Alrosa.
Dates set for tender of Marange diamonds
The first tender of rough diamonds from the Marange region of Zimbabwe in Antwerp will take place this week, Botswana-based diamond company First Element (Pty.) Ltd. announced.
De Beers holds first sight in Botswana
This week marks De Beers’ inaugural sight in Gaborone following the relocation of its sales activities from London to Botswana, a move that has been two years in the making.
Rio Tinto marketing diamond fashion pieces in China
In an effort to tap into the growing demand for diamond fashion jewelry in China, mining company Rio Tinto has launched a new diamond marketing initiative called “The Fashion of Diamonds” there.
Book on Canadian diamonds, diamond industry
A new book has been published that explains why Canadian diamonds are one of the most important discoveries of the last century and showcases how diamond firms are working to tag these ethically mined gems to regulate distribution.
Varda Shine leaving De Beers
After 30 years with the company, Varda Shine is leaving her post as the global head of sightholder sales for the De Beers Group of Companies at the end of January to “explore other opportunities,” De Beers announced Thursday.
US investors buy up Alrosa IPO shares
Russian mining company Alrosa, which seeks to overtake De Beers as the world’s largest diamond miner by value, launched its initial public offering this week, with reports indicating that U.S. investors snagged 60 percent of the shares sold.
SRK Exports celebrates five decades
Indian diamond manufacturing company Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. (SRK) is marking its 50th anniversary this year and recently was recognized by India’s Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).
New projects improve diamond supply outlook
Amid industry concerns about the dwindling supply of diamonds, a number of announcements surfaced this week regarding new projects that will open up additional sources for mining the stones.
De Beers’ Q3 production rises 21 percent
De Beers parent company Anglo American announced that the full restoration of operations at one of its mines led to a 21 percent increase in production in volume terms for De Beers.