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SA’s Vutomi project can start production end of 2018 – John Teeling

Botswana Diamonds entered into an option and earn-in agreement with Vutomi Mining and Razorbill Properties, a private diamond exploration and development firm in South Africa last February. It agreed to pay Vutomi a total of £942,000 in cash, of which...

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Proximity doesn’t matter, your pocket does: Tanzanians interested in tanzanite jewellery can testify

Tanzanite, a rare blue/purple gem, was discovered in the Merarani Hills of Manyara Region in northern Tanzania in 1967, a few miles from Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro. It is used as a gemstone and of late Tanzanians are manufacturing quality jewellery...

19 june 2017

Global demand for polished diamonds will remain steady – Ali Pastorini

Ali Pastorini, senior vice-president of the World Jewelry Hub, answered questions from Rough & Polished concerning the world diamond market, preferences of consumers and role of bank crediting.

13 june 2017

Eternal values in Malaya Bronnaya Street

The assay supervision in Russia is 317 years old. Much younger is the Moscow Gemological Certification Centre (MGCC) established under the Assay Chamber and located in the same ancient respectable mansion at 18, Malaya Bronnaya Street. The MGCC employees’...

05 june 2017

Diamonds will have the greatest potential in 2017

Mumbai-based Rajesh Bhagat, India Consultant of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) who oversees HKTDC’s operations across India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, has been assisting companies, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the...

29 may 2017

ALROSA Q1 production +9%, sales reach 14.1 million carats

20 april 2017
On Thursday, ALROSA reported its first quarter 2017 diamond production performance and preliminary trading results.
ALROSA’s Q1 2017 diamond production totalled 8.9 million carats, up by 9% year-on-year In line with 2017 production plan of 39.2 million carats (+5% y-o-y increase). The growth in production is driven by ramping up diamond mining at Aikhal, Mir, International, Udachny underground mines and also by processing of higher grade ore from the Jubilee pipe.
Indicatively, in Q1 2017 ALROSA sold 14.1 million carats of diamonds, including 11.0 million carats of gem-quality diamonds at an average price of USD 117 per carat and 3.1 million carats of industrial diamonds at an average price of USD 7 per carat. In Q1 2017, revenue from rough diamond sales amounted to at least USD 1,309 million. Revenue from polished diamond sales totalled at least USD 32 million.

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