De Beers’ GemFair delivering ‘positive impacts’ to ASM sector in Sierra Leone – David Johnson

GemFair, a pilot project developed by De Beers to create a secure and transparent route to market ethically sourced artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) diamonds, is already delivering “important positive impacts” in Sierra Leone. Group head...

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Belgian-quality diamond boiling in Dubai from TRIGEM

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Pavel Shelkov: "Our project is an attempt to fit Russia into the global trend and create a new private company in the diamond industry"

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28 october 2019

The team that turns sleeping stones into beautiful polished diamonds

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21 october 2019

Demand will pick up once the season starts

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14 october 2019

Lucapa recovers ‘top-colour’ 55 ct diamond from Mothae

03 april 2019

Lucapa Diamond has recovered a ‘top-colour’ 55 carat diamond from its new 1.1 Mtpa Mothae kimberlite plant, in Lesotho. 
It said the 55 carat stone was the fifth +50 carat diamond recovered to date from its 70 percent-owned mine, where commercial production commenced in January 2019 following the commissioning and ramp-up phases for the 1.1 Mtpa plant and an earlier bulk sampling campaign. 

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                      Image credit: Lucapa Diamond


The mine produced a recovered an 83.9 carat diamond last month.
Lucapa recently raked in $3.8 million from the sale of 5,411 carats of rough diamonds recovered from Mothae.   
The diamonds were recovered during the 1.1Mtpa Mothae kimberlite plant ramp-up phase in the fourth quarter of 2018 and in the first month of commercial mining operations last January.   
The highest price achieved for an individual Mothae diamond was $36,664 per carat.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished