African diamond firms on COVID-19 response, recent developments

Rough & Polished recently contacted several diamond producers and exploration companies with operations in Africa to establish how their operations were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and what they are doing to alleviate the impact. We also sought...

01 june 2020

“Get Diamonds” platform will soon be available in Russian, Hindi, Arabic and any other languages as per demand from any countries

A first-generation diamantaire Yoram Dvash, currently serving as the Acting President at World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the President of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE), launched his diamond manufacturing and trading...

25 may 2020

Sustainability is the only way forward - Rahul Jauhari

Rahul Jauhari, Sr Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing, Star Rays, has forged ahead professionally for more than 14 years garnering experience in Business Development, Luxury Lifestyle Consultancy, Market Analysis, Global Fashion / Luxury trend...

18 may 2020

Keeping global supply chains functioning vital – De Beers

Diamond giant, De Beers has said that it is essential to keep global supply chains functioning in view of the substantial impact of Covid-19 on the industry. Group spokesperson David Johnson told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview...

11 may 2020

Gabon courts foreign investors to grow fledgling diamond sector

Diamond production in Gabon, which has been a member of the Kimberley Diamond Certification Process since 2018, is currently dominated by artisanal miners. The artisanal miners are producing about 300 carats per month, according to Gabon’s director of...

05 may 2020

Stornoway announced 2Q 2019 production and sales results

12 july 2019

stornoway-logo.pngStornoway Diamond Corporation announced production and sales results at the Renard Diamond Mine for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. Second quarter diamond production was 463,136 carats recovered from the processing of 695,934 tonnes of ore at an average grade of 67 carats per hundred tonnes (“cpht”). Carats recoveries increased by 4% compared to the first quarter, mainly due to greater plant utilization. The average processing rate was 7,648 tonnes per day, above the budgeted rate of 7,000 tonnes per day.
460,832 total carats sold in two tender sales for gross proceeds of $47 million at an average price of US$76 per carat ($102 per carat). In terms of total carats sold, pricing and gross proceeds, this represents variations of +7%, -9% and -1% over the first quarter, respectively. Second quarter diamond sales represent diamonds recovered during the first quarter.
Patrick Godin, Second President and CEO of Stornoway, commented “During the second quarter, both mining and processing operations at Renard have demonstrated strong performance, with an average ore hauling rate of 6,813 tonnes per day from the underground mine, and an average processing rate well above the budgeted rate… The rough diamond market continues to be challenging, with further decreases in pricing observed during the second quarter sales. Nevertheless, the Corporation maintained comparable gross proceeds relative to the first quarter, as volume of carat sold increased.”

Alex Shishlo, Editor of the Rough&Polished European Bureau