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ALROSA’s diamond cutting and polishing to be headed by Pavel Vinikhin

Pavel Vinikhin appointed as Director of DIAMONDS ALROSA – ALROSA’s cutting and polishing division, one of the largest diamond manufacturers in Russia. In fact, he has been managing the enterprise since October 2016 when he was an acting director.

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ALROSA posts financial results for H1 2017

On Thursday, ALROSA published a report on financial results for the period of January-June 2017 in line with the Russian Accounting Standards (RAS), from which it follows that the company's profit before tax amounted to 53.5 billion rubles...

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De Beers Q2 diamond output up 36pc to 8.7 million carats

Anglo American said De Beers’ rough diamond production leaped 36 percent to 8.7 million carats in the second quarter of the year.

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Rapaport Melee Index stable in 2Q

Melee diamond prices remained stable during the second quarter of 2017, with the Rapaport Melee Index (RMI) for small diamonds unchanged at 108.50 for the period.

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Angola’s Lulo more than doubles Q2 output, sales

Sociedade Mineira Do Lulo (SML), which is owned by Lucapa, Endiama and Rosas & Petalas produced 4,203 carats of diamonds during the quarter ended 30 June 2017, an increase of 63 percent from 2,581 carats, a year earlier.

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Protecting the Image of Diamonds

18 may 2017
(janosconsultants.blogspot.ru) - Late last year there were two events in New York about the diamond business.  I'd call them bookends to the business, in that they address two real concerns - the image of diamonds, and the growing presence of man-made diamonds (MMDs). The first was the presentation by DPA (Diamond Producers Association) on the new advertising and promotional program for natural diamonds, "Rare is Real."  This was, finally, an attempt by the leading mining companies to rebuild the natural diamond image in the minds of consumers.  Two ads were shown (you have probably seen them by now) and I liked them both, if that means anything, while other people were very dubious.  Both were appeals to the millennials, with different approaches, though both skated around the classic themes of commitment and happiness.  As I think further about it, both reflect lifestyles that most Trump supporters, and even many Clinton supporters, probably disapprove of.  In introducing "real life" stories, filled with doubt and adventure, the DPA seems to be trying to equate real life with real diamonds. One question here is whether the DPA at this point is deliberately not reaching for Boomers and Trumpers, and plain old-fashioned thinkers.  It seems so, though I was told a whole range of ads have been prepared targeting other demographics.  Another question is money.  The DPA reportedly has put in some $15 million, to get this rolling, but getting money from the trade over an extended period is a real question.  It will take a lot more than that to reinvigorate the image of diamonds, I'd say at least ten times as much.  In the New America, I suspect, people will be keeping their wallets closed.  Money goes further in these days of social networking, but will this new message carry? Here we are, months later, and I sense no impact from the DPA initiative.  And when the subject is raised at various industry get-togethers, I see eyes glaze over.  People involved in the program made a point of saying this is not a short term blast, and that it will take time, maybe a couple of years, before the effort is full-blown and showing results.  OK, we are patient, and we will wait and see.  But frankly, I can't seem get very energized by this program.

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