14 Nov
WDC President Stephane Fischler
The World Diamond Council (WDC) and the Civil Society Coalition (CSC) voiced their strong support for an expanded definition of conflict diamonds at the launch of the 2018 Plenary Session of the Kimberley Process (KP) in Brussels, Belgium. The proposal, put forward by the government of Canada, looks to strengthen the scope by expanding the KP’s official definition of what constitutes conflict diamonds. The proposed change would expand the scope beyond rough stones that finance wars against governments and supports the industry’s drive in protecting consumer confidence in diamonds and the value chain, as reflected by the System of Warranties (SoW) reforms recently launched by the WDC. The reforms require all industry participants to...
14 Nov
Anton Siluanov
Russian First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov was re-elected ALROSA supervisory board chairman in a correspondence vote on November 9. The board also elected Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Aysen Nikolayev First Deputy Chairman, superseding Yegor Borisov, ex-Had of the Republic. ALROSA Chief Executive Officer Sergey Ivanov was re-elected Deputy Chairman. Russian Deputy Minister of Finance Alexey Moiseev again became head of the Strategic Planning Committee. The committee includes Aysen Nikolayev, Sergey Ivanov, Nikolay Alexandrov (First Deputy Head of the Suntarsky District), Evgeniya Grigorieva (Minister of Property and Land Relations), Kirill Dmitriev (Chief Executive Officer of the RDIF), Ilya Elizarov (...
14 Nov
The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) said it intends to look for partners to reform its artisanal mining sector, normalise its diamond trade and to combat illicit activities and smuggling. The government wants these partners to also engage in capacity building projects for the benefit of CAR’s youth. CAR Minister of Mines and Geology Leopold Mboli Fatran said, “From the CAR government’s side, tax incentives will be considered. By the end of 2018, it is the intention of the CAR Government to announce a new policy to ensure the return of responsible diamond mining to the country.” To allow this to happen in a transparent and responsible way, the CAR government said that at the same time, it asks the Kimberley Process family to approve the compliance of 9 additional zones in...
10 Nov
The Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), in collaboration with Stargems, today announced the completion of six successful rough diamond tenders of SACIM goods (Anhui-Congo Mining Investment Company), with over 2 million carats sold. The tenders were held at the Almas Tower with around 200 diamond companies in attendance and were facilitated by the Dubai Diamond Exchange. Earlier this year, DMCC signed a strategic partnership with Stargems to host a series of rough diamond tenders. The agreement enables members, miners and suppliers from around the world to trade and distribute rough diamonds at Stargems’ events hosted at DDE’s headquarters in Almas Tower. The six tenders offered clients the opportunity to bid for rough diamonds from Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa. More...
10 Nov
ALROSA announced it had sold $3.8 billion in rough diamonds in the ten months from January to October this year. It had also sold $83 million in polished during the period. The company said it had sold $233.9 million in rough diamonds along with $8.9 million in polished in October alone. ALROSA said the ten-month sales figure represented a 6 percent growth in a year-on-year comparison with the same period in 2017. "In October, demand for small, inexpensive rough diamonds continued to remain weak. A seasonal slowdown on the threshold of Diwali, the main Indian holiday, was exacerbated by a weakening rupee-US dollar exchange rate, a number of minor bankruptcies in India and tighter credit conditions for the cutting and polishing sector in this country,” said ALROSA Deputy CEO Yury Okoemov....
10 Nov
Rio Tinto said that its 2018 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender collection of 63 pink, red and violet diamonds from its Argyle mine in Australia, has delivered another record result reflecting strong global demand for fancy coloured diamonds. According to the company, these results are also a reflection of Argyle approaching the end of its mine life, with the supply of these extremely rare diamonds becoming even scarcer. The 2018 collection of pink, red and violet diamonds from the iconic Western Australian mine continued its trajectory of double-digit price growth. Sold to an undisclosed buyer, Lot 1, the Argyle Muse, a 2.28-carat fancy purplish red diamond, is the most valuable diamond in the tender’s 34-year history. Also amongst the record-breaking diamonds sold in the 2018 collection was...
10 Nov
WDC President Stephane Fischler
The World Diamond Council  (WDC) has announced that it intends to keep pushing for progress on proposed reforms to the Kimberley Process (KP) at the KP Plenary meeting in Brussels, slated to run from November 12 to16. Specifically, the WDC is advocating for a broadening of the definition of conflict diamonds to address grave and systematic violence.  It also seeks to establish a permanent secretariat and to strengthen the peer review mechanism, both of which are covered in Administrative Decisions that were submitted to the KP Chair for discussion and decision at the KP Plenary.  The WDC also looks forward to a review of the KP Core document and supports the proposal to create a multi-stakeholder fund that will focus on capacity...
10 Nov
ALROSA announced it has recovered a 51.49-carat gem-quality rough diamond from its new Verkhne-Munskoe diamond deposit, that was commissioned on October 31. This is the first large diamond that the deposit has yielded. The transparent octahedron crystal with a slight yellow hue recovered from the Zapolyarnaya pipe – one of four kimberlite pipes at the deposit. "It is the first rough diamond over 50 carats from Verkhnyaya Muna. We have just started mining here, so it is a very promising event, evidence of the deposit’s good potential,” said Alexander Makhrachev, Director of ALROSA’s Udachny Mining and Processing Division, which operates the deposit. Yhe Verkhne-Munskoe diamond deposit is located in Western Yakutia, 170 km from Udachny. Four kimberlite pipes have been explored so far –the...
05 Nov
Trans Atlantic Gem Sales (TAGS) has announced it will be holding a rough diamond tender from November 26 to December 3 at the Dubai Diamond Exchange. Two regular productions of high quality and high colour material from South Africa and Angola will be presented. TAGS is expecting in the region of 20,000 carats of South African goods and 25,000 carats of Angolan goods across a full range of sizes. Final details will soon be forthcoming from the producers, however the event should have a combined value in excess of $40 million.
05 Nov
GJC Chairman Nitin Khandlewal
The All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) has condemned the harassment of jewellers by government officials in the pre-Diwali-festival period. The GJC said in a press release that across states, there have been several incidents of police (including Railway Protection Force), Income Tax officials and GST officials conducting illegal raids on jewellers, especially the small and medium sized players. There have been complaints, the GJC release, that officials have sought bribes. The GJC said these incidents were made more painful by the fact that jewellers were trying to grapple with low sales during the festive season. The GJC has launched a Twitter hashtag #GJCagainst #harassment of jewellers to provide small and medium...
01 Nov
ALROSA will hold an auction of special size rough (over 10.8 carats) as well as polished diamonds of its own manufacture in Ramat Gan, Israel, from November 4 to 22. The results will be announced on November 26. The rough diamonds on offer will be 127 large gem-quality stones with a total weight of 2,244 carats. Over 900 carats of polished diamonds, manufactured in-house by the company’s polishing division, Diamonds ALROSA, will also be auctioned. Over 100 companies from Belgium, Hong Kong, Israel, India, UAE, the US and Russia have been invited to participate in the auction. "The upcoming auction will be the last one in Israel this year, and we hope that as in previous cases, our products will be in high demand among participants,” ALROSA United Selling Organisation (USO) Director Evgeny...
31 Oct
Production has now begun at the Verkhne-Munskoyediamond field
President Vladimir Putin and First Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov officially opened mining operations at ALROSA’s Verkhne-Munskoye diamond field in Yakutia. ALROSA said in a press release that the new diamond field will operate till 2042, with an initial output of about 1.8 million carats a year. The first extractive industrial explosion at the facility was set off by Aysen Nikolaev, the Head of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) along with ALROSA CEO Sergey Ivanov. ALROSA had begun preparatory work for the mine in 2015. The project was made feasible by the fact that the Verkhne-Munskoye diamond field is only about 170 kilometres from the existing processing plant of ALROSA’s...
30 Oct
Depending on temperature and light conditions, the 'chameleon'diamonds range from olive green (left) to shades of yellow (right).
Auction house Bonhams said that a necklace featuring nine ‘chameleon’ weighing a total of 13.87 carats will headline its jewellery auction in Hong Kong on November 25. The necklace is expected to fetch between $204,000 and $382,000 (HK$1,600,000 and HK$3,000,000).  “Chameleon diamonds are amongst the rarest and most mysterious of coloured diamonds explains Bonhams Asia Director of Jewellery, Graeme Thompson, adding, “due to their rarity, little gemological information exists on them and scientists have yet to confirm the mechanism that causes their colour-changing behaviour. We are excited to present this extremely rare phenomenon in...
30 Oct
The 5,655-carat Inkalamu rough emerald
Coloured gemstone producer Gemfields has announced the discovery of a 5,655-carat rough emerald crystal with remarkable clarity and a golden green hue at its Kagem mine in Zambia. Gemfields has named the rough stone Inkalamu, meaning ‘lion’ in the local Bemba language, in honour of two of its conservation partners, the Zambian Carnivore Programme and the Niassa Carnivore Project in Mozambique. Gemfields said these partners work tirelessly to smooth the relationship between Africa’s carnivores and local communities across vast, remote and and challenging areas. Gemfields has three-year philanthropic sponsorships with each organisation in order to aid them in wildlife conservation, promote community development and stem the...
29 Oct
De Beers announced that ALROSA has joined the pilot program for its Tracr blockchain diamond tracking system. De Beers said in a press release that Alrosa will join industry leaders from the diamond manufacturing and retail sectors in creating the blockchain platform by the industry, for the industry. Following the announcement of the Tracr pilot earlier this year, the De Beers release said, ALROSA’s involvement brings the world’s two largest diamond producers together to provide enhanced assurance for consumers and trade participants about the provenance and authenticity of their diamonds, and in creating a digital foundation for new services that can only be developed on an end-to-end platform. De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver said, “To provide true traceability, diamonds must be tracked from...
29 Oct
Varda Shine
Petra Diamonds Limited announced that  former De Beers Diamond Trading Company (DTC) CEO Varda Shine has been appointed a non-executive director along with former Anglo American Business Development Head Bernard Pryor with effect from January 1, 2019. These appointments have been made in accordance with the Petra Nomination Committee’s three-year succession plan, which is in line with the company’s development from a phase of intensive capital expenditure and expansion to a focus on steady-state operations. In addition, the company is further reviewing and optimising the composition of its board, board committees and senior management structures, as well as addressing improving diversity at the higher levels of the business. Further announcements to...
27 Oct
The WDC board poses at the end of the AGM
The World Diamond Council (WDC) concluded its 14th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mumbai, reaching consensus on critical areas of reform for both the Kimberley Process and the WDC System of Warranties (SoW).  Resolutions for further improvement of a responsible supply chain and enhanced self-regulation exercise within the WDC SoW Guidelines were passed. A board-instructed strategic planning committee will develop a member’s toolkit to help in the implementation of the guidelines respecting the realities and practicalities of the diamond supply chain.  These guidelines will introduce the strongest level of adherence to date for SoW statement users, requiring adherence to universally accepted principles on human and labor...
26 Oct
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) announced today that ALROSA is piloting the Institute’s M2M program, which tracks a diamond through the process pipeline from mine to market. “The M2M program is a way to share with the consumer, the story of our diamonds,” said ALROSA CEO Sergey Ivanov, adding, “the creation of tracing systems is an important step in confirming diamond provenance, which will have benefits for industry participants, retailers and ultimately retail consumers. ALROSA is examining different tracing solutions available on the market to provide consumers with supreme confidence and knowledge.” The M2M program allows the retailer, and ultimately the consumer, to trace the journey of a diamond, adding to its story at each point along the value chain. The M2M program...

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