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Mountain Province Diamonds announces results of fifth diamond sale, 2018

02 july 2018
Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. announced the results of its fifth diamond tender sale of 2018. The miner sold 356,000 carats of rough diamonds for $30.3 mn, compared to 350,000 carats sold during the tender in May for $28.3 mn. An average price per carat was $85.

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“The positive results of our fifth sale were driven by strong demand in the rough diamond market”, said Reid Mackie, the Company’s Vice President Diamond Marketing. “This demand is supported by stable rough supply levels and continued positive retail news from the key diamond consumer markets. At our fifth tender, customer interest and bidding competition was particularly high for larger white gem lots. We saw prices for this product category again increase by low single digit percentages compared with the previous sale.”
Mountain Province also registered an increased interest in the 95 carat diamond acquired at the most recent joint venture production split.
Mr. Mackie, said, “Customer competition for the 95 carat gem exceeded expectations, with the final result more than doubling the previous highest value achieved for a single diamond. To maintain confidentiality for the buyer, further specifics of this diamond’s sale will not be released.”

Victoria Quiri, Rough&Polished