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South African investors have little appetite for investments

A business and technical leader in the diamond exploration and mining industry, James Campbell has spent over thirty years in the diamond industry and is currently Managing Director of Botswana Diamonds plc. His immediate past role was Chief Executive...

24 april 2017

Jean-Marc Lieberherr: Medium to long term prospects for the world diamond market are strong

Diamond Producers Association (DPA) was established in May 2015 by seven of the world's leading diamond companies, including ALROSA and DE BEERS, to maintain and increase the demand for diamonds, as well as their credibility. One of DPA’s most important...

17 april 2017

Chidhakwa: I have no misgivings about diamond mining consolidation in Zim

Zimbabwe’s mines minister Walter Chidhakwa stands accused of decimating the country’s diamond industry when he decided early last year to streamline operations of mining companies in Marange and that of partly Russian-owned, DTZ-OZGEO, in Chimanimani...

10 april 2017

We are open for good business in all our locations - Erik Jens

Erik Jens, the Global Head - Diamond & Jewellery Clients - AMRO BANK N.V. comes armed with professional experience in banking, financing and investments. He has specialized in private wealth management solutions, investments in hedge funds, private...

03 april 2017

Those who do not define their own niche, will not survive

The Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair (ADTF) enjoys broad industry support as a key annual event for the international jewelry community. The invitation to the ADTF can be obtained directly from the organizers, on the recommendation of one of the participants...

27 march 2017

Rio Tinto Diamond's production down 8% for Q1

21 april 2017
In a statement recently, mining major Rio Tinto has released its production update for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, wherein it has reported that diamond production has recorded 8% year-on-year drop to 4.152 mn carats as compared to the 4.522 mn carats produced in the same quarter in 2016.
According to the company, its wholly owned Argyle mine in Australia produced 3.016 mn cts, which was 11% below the comparative figure for the same quarter in 2016. The fall was attributed to lower ore volumes processed as well as lower recovered grades.
At the Diavik mine in Canada, where the company owns 60%, the production amounted to 1.136 mn carats, which is almost the same as against 1.131 mn carats produced in 2016 that was recovered in the same quarter a year earlier. Rio Tinto said that the lower ore throughput at the mine was offset by higher recovered grades.
It also reported that the development of the A21 pipe remains on schedule.
Rio Tinto said that diamond production guidance for 2017 remains unchanged at 19 to 24 mn carats.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished

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