Diamond Stocks Articles

U.S. Jewelry Sales Post Big Rise in November

January 21, 18 / Albert Robinson

(IDEX Online) - Sales of fine jewelry and fine watches rose by 8.4 percent in the U.S. market in November 2017, when compared to the same month a year ago, as the graph below illustrates.   Sales were an estimated $8.2 billion, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Commerce Department. The November sales performance was higher than the figure for the month which came in at a 7.0 percen...Read More

Another Big Find For Gem Diamonds - 149-Ct, D Color Type IIA Stone

January 21, 18 / Albert Robinson

(IDEX Online) - Gem Diamonds has recovered another large exceptional quality diamond at the Let??eng mine in Lesotho just a week after reporting finding a 910-carat stone.   This time, the miner has found a 149-carat, D color Type IIa diamond, with excellent shape.   It is the fourth high-quality diamond of over 100 carats recovered so far this year. Read More

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

19th January 2018 / Mia Breytenbach     

The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low investor confidence and continuing breaches of trust between government and industry, resulting in declinin...Read More

VICENZAORO January Show Starts With 1,500 Brands Taking Part

January 19, 18 / Albert Robinson

(IDEX Online) - The  VICENZAORO January show kicked off on Friday, with 1,500 brands taking part in the international jewelry show organized by the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) which was created by a merger between Rimini Fiera and Fiera di Vicenza.   Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economic Development, Ivan Scalfarotto, said at the opening ceremony: "Rimini and Vicenza, togeth...Read More

Millennials snubbing diamonds has hedge fund seeing slump deepen

19th January 2018 / Bloomberg     

BEI HU – Diamonds are set to slump further, according to a hedge fund whose bet on marijuana made it the world’s best performer in 2016.Prices of the precious gem may slump as much as 10% this year as it loses appeal with younger consumers and faces challenges from synthetic alternatives, said Singapore-based Ben Cleary, who co-manages the $500-million Tribeca Global Natural Resources...Read More

Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Jan 18, 2018 / Rapaport News

Dealers upbeat and maintaining firm prices, with expectations of higherrough prices and 1Q stock replenishment. Rough market robust, with large DeBeers sight expected next week. Jewelers discounting less amid increase in consumerspending this holiday season. US equity markets hit new highs as dollarweakens. Tiffany & Co. renews growth as Nov.-Dec. sales +8% to $1.1B,comparable-store sales +5%....Read More

Ethical leadership, good governance and favourable policieswill see mining investors flocking to SA - chamber

January 18, 2018 / Dylan Slater     

The findings of a survey conducted by the Chamber of Mines (CoM), which were released last month, indicate that, if South Africa’s mining industry shifts its focus to create an attractive policy, regulatory and governance environment – through ethical leadership, good governance and the adoption of competitive, stable and predictable policies – considerable new investment in mini...Read More

BlueRock starts mining new kimberlite pipe, expects improved results

18th January 2018 / Megan van Wyngaardt     

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – South Africa-focused diamond miner BlueRock Diamonds made a number of planned modifications to the crushing circuit at its Kareevlei diamond mine, near Kimberley, during a three-week Christmas break.The modifications are expected to improve the method of feeding ore to the crushers.AdvertisementThese changes have been tested and the crushing circuit was back...Read More

Rapaport Releases Annual Price Statistics Report 2017

Jan 18, 2018 / Rapaport

RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, January 18, 2018, New York... The Rapaport Group released its annual Diamond Price Statistics Report for 2017 today, evaluating the performance of polished-diamond prices. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the past year's trends and compares the price changes within specific diamond categories.The last 12 months saw some of those categories perform better tha...Read More

Mining headlines kick off positively in 2018 

18th January 2018 / Staff reporter

2018 kicked off with a call for smarter sectors to boost the economy, a praise of Glencore’s asset management and a sparkle of hope for the diamond city of Kimberley. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines with Creamer Media's Sashnee Moodley.AdvertisementRead More

Yellow Diamond Weighs In as Lulo's Largest

Jan 18, 2018 / Rapaport News

RAPAPORT... Lucapa Diamond Company recovered a 43-carat yellow diamond,the largest colored gem-quality stone it has unearthed to date at its Lulomine in Angola, it reported Wednesday. A 39-carat pink diamond the miner found at Lulo inSeptember 2016 previously held the title. Along with the yellow gem, Lucapa also recovered alow-quality 116-carat diamond, the second stone larger than 100 carats th...Read More

New 'disruptive' mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling

18th January 2018 / Martin Creamer     

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – A new Proudly South African mine tunnel borer that requires no blasting, delivers higher production advances, comes with a collaboration imprimatur and can be retrofitted to existing operations, will be unveiled at next month’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town and commissioned in the third quarter of this year.Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Master Drilli...Read More

US Diamond Imports Rise in November

Jan 18, 2018 / Rapaport News

RAPAPORT... US polished-diamond imports jumped 11% year on year inNovember, government data showed. Shipments grew to $1.77 billion as a 26% rise in the averageprice of imports - to $2,573 per carat - outweighed a 12% drop in volume to687,000 carats. Polished exports declined 13% to $1.48 billion, according tothe recent figures. Net polished imports, representing imports minus exports,stood at po...Read More

Walmart Appoints New International Chief

Jan 18, 2018 / Rapaport News

RAPAPORT... Judith McKenna will become the new president and CEO of Walmart International, the US retail chain's second-largest operating section, replacing David Cheesewright.  McKenna will continue in her current role as executive vicepresident and chief operating officer of Walmart US until February 1, when shewill assume her new role, the company reported. She has been with the retai...Read More

De Beers diamond venture to lay off at least 130 in Namibia - union

18th January 2018 / Reuters     

WINDHOEK – Namdeb, a joint venture between Namibia's government and Anglo American's diamond unit De Beers, is expected to lay off at least 130 of its 1,700-strong workforce, a union official said on Wednesday.Shavuka Mbidhi, from the Mineworkers Union of Namibia's Oranjemund branch, said the diamond miner had written to staff offering voluntary redundancies and at least 130 work...Read More

Luk Fook Sees Modest Sales Gain

Jan 18, 2018 / Rapaport News

RAPAPORT... Luk Fook's same-store sales increased 1% year on year in thethird quarter ending December 31, driven by a 10% rise in gem-set jewelry."The gem-set jewelry products in [the] Hong Kong and Macau market continued to benefit from the market improvement, as well as the successful introduction of more varieties of stylish and good-value-for-money products," the jeweler said Wednesday. T...Read More

Tiffany Reports Strong Sales Rise For Holiday Season

January 18, 18 / Albert Robinson

(IDEX Online) - Tiffany & Co.  reported that its worldwide net sales increased 8% to $1.05 billion in the two month holiday period ended December 31, 2017  due to growth across regions and product categories, and comparable store sales rose 5%.   On a constant-exchange-rate basis that excludes the effect of translating foreign-currency-denominated sales into U.S....Read More

De Beers' diamond venture in Namibia axing at least 130 jobs

Jan. 17, 2018, 8:12 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

Namibia's top diamond producer, Namdeb, a 50/50 joint venture company between the country's government and De Beers, has begun offering early and voluntary retirement to at least 130 of its 1,700 workers, Xinhua reports.According to the agency, the move seeks to ensure the sustainability of Namdeb land-based operations, which is facing potential sales, Mineworkers Union of Namibia Oranjemund branc...Read More

Lucapa finds monster diamonds at Lulo, including largest coloured one

Jan. 17, 2018, 3:42 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

Australia's Lucapa Diamond (ASX:LOM) has discovered more large diamonds at its prolific Lulo project in Angola, including a 43-carat yellow stone, the largest coloured gem-quality rock ever recovered at the mine.The company also found a 116-carat low-quality diamond, the tenth +100 carat stone recovered from Lulo since mining operations began two years ago. It's also the second +100 carat rock re...Read More

Tiffany Restores Growth in Strong Holiday Season

Jan 17, 2018 / Rapaport News

RAPAPORT... Tiffany & Co.'s sales jumped 8% during the holidayseason amid a sharp improvement in US demand and a recovery in Asian markets,the luxury jeweler reported Wednesday. Group sales grew to $1.05 billion during November andDecember, with comparable-store sales - those at branches open for at least ayear - rising 5%. Growth was registered across all regions and productcategories, both i...Read More

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