Diamond Stock Articles

104-ct Diamond Necklace Sells for $5.9m

November 29, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online ) - A platinum necklace with 104.84 carats of D-color diamonds sold for $5.9m at Christie's Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels Sale.It was the top lot in an auction that netted a total of over $46m.Just over $11m of that was from the sale of 51 pieces from a collection including Cartier, Buccellati, Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, Louis Vuitton, and Boghossian that belonged to retired...Read More

Lucara Forecasts Diamond Revenue of up to $230m for 2023

November 29, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Lucara has announced increased forecasts for 2023 diamond sales and recoveries.The Canadian miner expects to sell $200m to $230m from its 100 per cent owned Karowe mine, in Botswana, an increase on it 2022 forecast of $185m to $215m.It forecasts sales of 385,000 to 415,000 carats (up from 300,000 to 340,000 carats in 2022) and expects to recover 395,000 to 425,000 carats (an increa...Read More

Raiders Steal $10m of Luxury Watches

November 29, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Over 1,000 high-end watches, with an estimated value of over $10m, have been stolen from a safe deposit facility in Berlin.They were being stored by Watchmaster, one of Europe's largest pre-owned watch traders, mostly on behalf of customers who were selling them.Many of the watches were Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega, Audemars Piguet and Breitling, according to the company'...Read More

Newfield Wins Finance to Expand Mine in Sierra Leone

November 29, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Australian miner Newfield Resources says it has secured finance to expand the development of its Tongo Diamond Mine, in Sierra Leone.It has entered into an asset purchase and sales agreement with New York-based DelGatto Diamond Finance Fund (DDFF), at a time when miners globally are struggling to attain credit. Details of the arrangement were not disclosed.Newfield took over Tongo...Read More

Satellite Images Showed Warning Signs Before Williamson Dam Burst

November 28, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Experts say satellite monitoring of the dam that burst at the Williamson diamond mine, in Tanzania, would have revealed signs of instability.Thick gray sludge - waste from the mining operation - flooded an area at least five miles long after a wall in the tailings storage facility (TSF) was breached earlier this month.Value.Space, a UK based tech company, says Interferometric Synth...Read More

Faberge Launches Game of Thrones High Jewelry Collection

November 28, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Faberge has launched a series of high jewelry creations inspired by the TV fantasy drama Game of Thrones.The collection will be launched in a series of 'chapters' over the next two years, staring with Chapter One: Dragon. It features five designs, with each creation limited to 10 collectible pieces.It lifts design details from the dramatic sets, costumes, characters...Read More

Mountain Province Finds More Kimberlite Near Arctic Circle

November 27, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Mountain Province Diamond (MPD) says it has found more kimberlite during explorations at its Kennady North project in Northwest Territories, Canada, on the edge of the Arctic Circle.It's in addition to the kimberlite identified earlier this year, also on land surrounding the Gahcho Kue mine. The two finds are 450 meters apart.MPD said in a statement that the kimberlite was "a...Read More

Mehta Fails in Bid to Unfreeze $932m Assets

November 27, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Fugitive Indian diamond merchant Jatin Mehta has lost his legal challenge against the freezing of his assets, worth $932m, by a British court.The high court in London ruled that the worldwide freezing order (WFO) imposed in May 2022 on Mehta and his family must continue.He is accused of defrauding15 lenders out of more than $1bn lent to his companies Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery...Read More

Government Backs India's Lab Grown Industry

November 27, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - India's government has pledged its support for the country's growing lab grown diamond industry as it aims to reach $5m of annual exports.Piyush Goyal (pictured), minister for commerce and industry, said it was working aggressively to develop both the growing and manufacture.He urged industry leaders in Surat to prepare a vision document and said he would share it with Pr...Read More

Petra Sells $61m Rough in "Muted" Market

November 24, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Petra today announced sales of $61.3m during an extended October tender, in what it described as a "somewhat muted market".Revenue from its Tender 2 FY 2023 were down 40 per cent on Tender 1, in September, though the miner noted that volumes for the second tender cycle are typically lower than the first.Average price per carat fell sharply by 31 per cent from $198 at Tender 1 of FY...Read More

Mystery of 13-ct Pink Diamond Pulled From Sale

November 24, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - A pink diamond valued at up to $35m has been withdrawn without explanation from auction in New York.The 13.15-carat emerald-cut fancy vivid gem, described as "VVS1 clarity, potentially internally flawless", had been due to lead Christie's Magnificent Jewels auction on 6 December.The auction house confirmed the diamond, belonging to a private collector, had been pulled from the...Read More

Rolex "Planning $1bn New Factory"

November 24, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Rolex is reportedly planning a $1bn new factory, which would create 2,000 jobs and allow it to crank up production.The company, privately owned by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation currently produces just over 1m watches a year, but demand always outstrips supply. Rolex had a turnover of almost $8 billion in 2021, according to Morgan Stanley.Acccording to Swiss TV and newspaper rep...Read More

Zimbabwe Experiencing "Biggest Growth in Diamond World"

November 23, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Zimbabwe, new chair of the Kimberley Process, says its diamond sector will grow to $1bn by the end of 2023.Winston Chitando (pictured), the country's mines and mining development minister, says Murowa Diamonds and the ZCDC (Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company) were expanding their operations and would help bring total output to 7m carats, up from 2m in 2018.In an interview w...Read More

Gold Miner Finds Huge 1.1m-Ounce Resource

November 23, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - UK-based Endeavour Mining says it has discovered "one of the most significant" new gold resources in West Africa.The Tanda-Iguela property, in eastern Cote d'Ivoire, contains an estimated 1.1m ounces.Sebastien de Montessus, the company's CEO, said: "It ranks as one of the most significant discoveries made in West Africa over the last decade and shows potential to be anoth...Read More

31-ct Blue Diamonds Leads Christie's Auction

November 23, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - A 31.62-carat fancy blue diamond pendant necklace will lead Christie's Magnificent Jewels auction next month, with an estimate of $10m to $15m. The pear modified brilliant stone has been graded by GIA as natural color, VVS1 clarity and potentially Internally Flawless.  The color is natural, fancy blue, even. It is set among round diamonds and pink diamonds in platinum and...Read More

Indian Banks Ease Rupee Trade with Russia

November 22, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Nine banks in India have received approval for measures that will allow diamond manufacturers to buy Russia goods in rupees.HDFC Bank and Canara Bank have already opened "vostro accounts" according to the Business Standard newspaper, and seven more are expected to follow.To settle international trade transactions in rupees, a foreign bank can open a vostro account - one that a corr...Read More

Diamond Foundry Buys German Lab Grown Firm

November 22, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Diamond Foundry, which counts Leonardo DiCaprio among its high-profile backers, has bought a German lab grown company for an undisclosed sum.Augsburg Diamond Technology, also known as Audiatec, makes diamond wafers for jewelry and manufacturing."We had a good feeling about a possible cooperation with Diamond Foundry right from the first talks," said Audiatec's CEO Dr. Stefan G...Read More

India's Polished Exports Down by 26% in October

November 22, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - India's polished diamond exports plunged by more than a quarter (26.1 per cent) in dollars during October amid ongoing weak demand.   Total foreign sales for were $1.89bn, according to figures released by the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), down year-on-year from $2.56bn. The drop was just over 18.7 per cent in rupee.   Exports for the six mo...Read More

Richemont Reports Sales Up by 24%

November 22, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Richemont saw overall sales rise sharply, by 24 per cent in the six months to the end of September.But the Swiss luxury goods conglomerate, which owns Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Jaeger-leColutre, warned of "volatile times ahead".It reported revenue during the period at $9.9bn, and said operating profit was up 26 per cent to $2.8bn.The results were better than expected, esp...Read More

The $600,000 Diamond Dog Necklace

November 21, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - A British jeweler has created a 15-carat diamond necklace for a dog, with a price tag of almost $600,000.Nathalie Knauf, who runs Knauf Jewels in Soho, London, says it was designed for a client, to complement her necklace and earrings.The silver dog necklace has a total of 91 D-color diamonds, with a total weight of 15 carats, and a para ba tourmaline pear-shaped pendant."It is def...Read More

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