Gem and Diamond

Mining News Pro - The largest and most technologically advanced marine diamond mining vessel, which is under construction, will be fitted with an integrated power system package supplied by electronics, automation and robotics company ABB.

Mining News Pro - Russian diamond producer Alrosa on Friday said its sales of rough and polished diamonds sales stood at $31.3 million in June, down from $222 million for the same period last year.

Mining News Pro - Chalice Gold Mines has discovered a “new style” high-grade copper-gold-PGE (platinum group elements) mineralisation at the Julimar project in Western Australia.

Mining News Pro - Researchers at The University of Hong Kong co-developed an autonomous ‘hunter drone’ that seeks out targets at night using a scanning laser. The mechanism could effectively be used to find new mineral deposits.

Mining News Pro - At least 162 people are confirmed dead and several more missing after a heap of mining waste swept through a jade mine in northern Myanmar, burying many workers under mud and water.

Mining News Pro - At least 126 people have been confirmed dead and several more missing after a heap of mining waste swept through a jade mine in northern Myanmar, burying many workers under mud and water.

Mining News Pro - De Beers Venetia Mine has unveiled a R10-million coronavirus testing laboratory that will be used to check the diamond mines’ employees and contractors for Covid-19.

Mining News Pro - The famous Cullinan diamond, which is now the centrepiece of the British Crown Jewels, likely originated in Earth’s lower mantle, right beneath the rigid and stable continental plates, where the mantle is slowly moving or convecting.

Mining News Pro - Following a strategic review into its capital structure options, London-listed Petra Diamonds has decided to seek offers for the company or for parts of the business’ assets.

Mining News Pro - Mozambique`s Montepuez Ruby Mining said it halted all but vital operations at the mine in the restive province of Cabo Delgado at the end of April because of supply chain restrictions and fears of an outbreak among staff.

Mining News Pro - Petra Diamonds has put itself or parts of its business up for sale, the Africa-focussed miner said on Friday, as part of a review the company began in March after being hammered by lacklustre demand and prices for the precious gem.

Mining News Pro - Alrosa, the world’s top diamond producer by output, has idled its International underground mine for up to two weeks, after several employees tested positive for covid-19.

Mining News Pro - Stornoway Diamond announced Thursday that Patrick Godin and Annie Torkia Lagacé will be stepping down from their respective positions as president and CEO and EVP, finance and corporate services, effective Friday June 26.

Mining News Pro - For decades, shopping for uncut diamonds was a tightly scripted affair: First, persuade De Beers to add you to its list of handpicked customers. Then, 10 times a year, attend a week-long sale to buy exactly the amount De Beers offers you at whatever price it chooses.

Mining News Pro - Canadian diamond miner Mountain Province Diamonds has provided a new guidance for 2020, as CEO Stuart Brown says that demand for rough diamonds is starting to show signs of interest.

Mining News Pro - Gem Diamonds, which operates the Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, sold 15 diamonds for more than $1-million each in the first half of this year.

Mining News Pro - With her promotion to MD of diamond mining company Lucara Botswana in 2018, Naseem Lahri became the first woman, and the first Motswana woman, to serve in this capacity for a diamond mining company in Botswana.

Mining News Pro - The Diamond Producers’ Association (DPA), established only five years ago by a coalition of diamond miners including De Beers and Alrosa, has relaunched as the Natural Diamond Council.

Mining News Pro - Alrosa on Wednesday said its sales of rough and polished diamonds stood at $40.1 million in May, an 85% drop from $266 million in sales a year ago.

Mining News Pro - Edward Asscher has been named president of the World Diamond Council (WDC), the international organisation that is charged with leading the industry’s effort to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the jewellery supply chain and with representing it in the tripartite Kimberley Process coalition.

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