Botswana’s Debswana diamond sales jump 73% in first nine months of 2021

Mining News Pro - Sales of rough diamonds by Debswana Diamond Company jumped 73% in the first nine months of 2021, statistics released by the Bank of Botswana showed on Tuesday, driven by the reopening of U.S. and China’s consumer markets.

Rio Tinto now the sole owner of Diavik diamond mine

Mining News Pro - Rio Tinto became on Thursday the sole owner of the iconic Diavik diamond mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories after buying the 40% share held by Dominion Diamond Mines, despite previously saying it had no plans to take full control of the aging Arctic mine.

Lab-grown diamonds are latest victims of China’s power crisis

Mining News Pro - The lab-grown diamond industry is the latest sector to feel the effects of China’s energy crisis — and if the situation gets worse, consumers may find that special Christmas gift is suddenly a lot more expensive.

Rio Tinto sells last Argyle diamonds at record highs

Mining News Pro - Rio Tinto’s last pink, red, blue and violet diamonds from its iconic Argyle mine, in the remote east Kimberley region of Western Australia, smashed records on Thursday.

Burgundy reaps rewards of fancy diamond niche

Mining News Pro - Burgundy Diamond Mines has received its first parcel of rough fancy colour diamonds at the Ellendale cutting and polishing facility in Perth, after their purchase in September.

Botswana Diamonds acquires control of Thorny River

Mining News Pro - Botswana Diamonds has exercised its pre-emptive right to acquire the outstanding third-party interests in Vutomi Mining and Razorbill Properties 12, giving it control of the Thorny River project in South Africa.

Petra Diamonds mulls selling Williamson mine

Mining News Pro - South Africa’s Petra Diamonds (LON: PDL) is considering selling its Williamson mine in Tanzania, even as it continues to work on bringing the operation back online in the second half of 2021.

Burgundy buy to produce Fancy diamonds from the rough

Mining News Pro - Burgundy Diamond Mines has made its first purchase of third-party rough diamonds to be sent to its purpose-built cut and polish facility in Perth, Western Australia.

Swick to test first fully electric diamond drill in WA

Mining News Pro - Drilling contractor Swick Mining Services will test the first prototype of its Gen3 E-Rig at a Western Australian client’s site in October this year.

Petra partly sells two big diamonds to local beneficiator

Mining News Pro - London-listed Petra Diamonds has sold its recently recovered 342.92 ct Type IIa white diamond and an 18.30 ct Type IIb blue diamond into a partnership with Stargems.

Mother nature recycles trash to create diamonds

Mining News Pro - New research from Curtin University has provided a model that explains the formation and locations of all three major types of diamonds, which could impact the way the gems are mined.

Diamcor sells $744k worth of rough diamonds in July

Mining News Pro - Diamcor Mining sold 2 989 ct of rough diamonds in July, marking a good start to its financial year.

Diamond sales at De Beers' Botswana unit rebound as global market recovers

Mining News Pro - De Beers' Botswana unit saw sales of rough diamonds rebound by 41% in the first half of 2021, driven by the reopening of key markets the United States and China, data from the Bank of Botswana showed on Thursday.

Lucara recovers 393 ct diamond at Karowe

Mining News Pro - Lucara Diamond Corporation has recovered a 393.5 ct top white Type IIa gem-quality diamond from its 100%-owned Karowe diamond mine in Botswana.

Burgundy expects Ellendale diamond mine to shine

Mining News Pro - Burgundy Diamond Mines plans to return the Ellendale mine to production as early as next year after securing funding for the resumption of operations.

De Beers’ second-quarter rough diamond production up 134%

Mining News Pro - Diamond miner De Beers’ rough diamond production increased by 134% year-on-year to 8.2-million carats during the second quarter, which the miner says reflects “planned higher production” to meet stronger demand for rough diamonds.

Lucara uncovers Botswana’s largest fancy pink diamond yet

Mining News Pro - Canada-headquartered Lucara Diamonds has recovered Botswana’s largest fancy pink gem yet, as well as one of the world’s largest pink diamonds on record, weighing 62.7 ct.

Rare diamonds show life-giving elements present on Earth soon after it formed

Mining News Pro - Ancient diamonds studied by a group of French and Canadian researchers revealed that the presence of life-giving elements in sufficient quantities appeared soon after Earth formed, and has remained fairly constant ever since.

Petra sells 39.34 ct blue diamond for $40.1m

Mining News Pro - The 39.34 ct exceptional Type IIb blue diamond which Petra Diamonds recovered at its Cullinan mine on April 1, has been sold to a partnership between diamond miners De Beers and Diacore for more than $40.1-million.

Petra fetches over $40m for 39-carat blue diamond

Mining News Pro - South Africa’s Petra Diamonds (LON:PDL) has fetched $40.2 million for a 39.34-carat blue diamond it recovered at its iconic Cullinan mine in April, the company’s highest price ever for a single stone.

Star Diamond battles Rio Tinto’s call to JV meeting

Mining News Pro - Canada’s Star Diamond said Thursday that Rio Tinto had no right to call or hold a meeting of the joint venture management committee, saying such entity does not yet exist.

Britain's Firestone to sell Botswana diamond mine for $50 000

Mining News Pro - Britain's Firestone Diamonds has agreed to sell its Botswana mine to a local company for just $50 000, after previous attempts to offload the mine it valued at $10-million in 2014 fell through.

Lucara strikes again with diamond over 1,000 carats

Mining News Pro - Canada’s Lucara Diamond has recovered a 1,174 carat diamond from its company’s prolific Karowe mine in Botswana, the third over 1,000 carats recovered since 2015.

KZN 'diamond rush' unearths only quartz crystals

Mining News Pro - Unidentified stones that lured thousands of fortune seekers to a rural South African village to mine the land with picks and shovels were not diamonds as hoped, officials said on Sunday, but quartz stones with relatively low, if any, value.

Diamond jewellery demand in US, China robust; India's demand affected by Covid-19 wave

Mining News Pro - Diamond miner De Beers continues to see "robust" demand for diamond jewellery in the key US and China consumer markets, says CEO Bruce Cleaver.

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