Diamond Stocks Articles

Manufacturer Reunited with Lost Diamond Packet

January 02, 23 / John Jeffay

IDEX Online) - Diamond manufacturer Kalpesh Jetani has been reunited with polished gems he lost on the way to deposit them at a vault in Surat, India.The packet, valued at $8,500, was found by textile entrepreneur Dharmesh Sakhiya, who posted notices at diamond markets across the city's' Varachha district.Mr Jetani spotted one such notice at the Prince Safe Deposit Vault, made contact, a...Read More

Jwaneng is World's Richest Diamond Mine

January 02, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - The world's richest diamond mine for the first three quarters of 2022 was Jwaneng, in Botswana, with 10.3m carats.Orapa, also in Botswana, was second-placed with 8.0m carats, according to newly-published figures from miningintelligence.com.Both mines are operated by Debswana, a partnership between De Beers and the government of Botswana.Third on the list is Udachny mine, opera...Read More

Princess Diana Cross to be Sold by Sotheby's London

January 02, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - An amethyst and diamond pendant famously worn by the late Princess Diana, is expected to fetch up to $145,000 when it is auctioned by Sotheby's London later this month. The Fleur e cross, circa 1920, set with square-cut amethyst and accented by circular-cut diamonds belongs to London-based Garrard, official jeweller to the royal family for 160 years until 2007.Princess Di...Read More

Tree Protests Block Indian Diamond Mine

January 01, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Plans to develop the huge Bunder diamond mine in India, with a potential yield of 34m carats, are facing opposition from environmental groups.Local residents claim the revival of mining activity at Buxwaha, in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, will destroy forest land, cost jobs, displace tribal populations and damage the environment.Rio Tinto leased the site from the state gove...Read More

Botswana Diamonds Plans Zimbabwe Explorations

January 01, 23 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Botswana Diamonds (BOD), the UK-based explorer, says it is seeking joint venture opportunities to seek out new assets in Zimbabwe.The country relies on diamond mining for around 70 per cent of its foreign currency revenue, but is battling grinding poverty among its 15m population,John Teeling, chairman of BOD, said in a trading update: "There are significant geological opportunitie...Read More

IDEX Price Report for 1 January: More Falls for Rounds, Some Rises for Fancies

January 01, 23 / IDEX Online

(IDEX Online) - Price drops dominated yet again among rounds during December, but there price increases among fancies, as consumers opted for lower-priced goods. Manufacturers in Surat reportedly working at just half capacity.  Consumer demand remains depressed, with pre-Christmas spending down 5.4 per cent year-on-year, according to the latest Mastercard SpendingPulse report. And inflation s...Read More

US Jewelry Spending Down 5.4 % over Holiday Season

December 29, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - The holiday season saw a 5.4 per cent drop in year-on-year jewelry sales in the US, despite a growth in overall spending of 7.6 per cent.Shoppers opted to spend their dollars on eating out - restaurants raked in 15.1 per cent more than in 2021, according  to Mastercard SpendingPulse's report on US retail sales across all payment types.Spending on clothes also rose, by 4.4...Read More

Alrosa: New Finds could take Total Reserves to 1.1bn Carats

December 28, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Alrosa says it expects to find more diamonds in Yakutia and beyond, which could take total reserves to an estimated 1.1bn carats.It also says rough production for 2022 is expected to total 35.5m carats, an increase on earlier forecasts of 34.3m.Russia's state-controlled miner, currently sanctioned by the US, says the most promising new territories are the north of Yakutia, in...Read More

Artist Lasers Designs on Surface of Diamonds

December 27, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Contemporary artist Pablo Lucker has chosen the surface of a diamond as the "canvas" for his latest work.He used a laser to create a series of heart designs on the table of 12 one-carat stones, and a "crown jewel" of 2.75-carats.Lucker partnered with high-end jewelers Trophy by Gassan (both are based in Amsterdam) for what is being described as the smallest work of art on a diamond...Read More

Lab Grown Market to hit $50bn by 2030

December 27, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - The global lab market is set to reach almost $50bn by 2030, according to a new report.That's an increase of almost two-and-a-half times on current estimates of the market value for 2020, of $19.3bn.For context, the total value of the retail diamond jewelry market last year was $85.5bn, according to Tacy's 2021 Diamond Pipeline.US-based Allied Market Research says growth i...Read More

Two Men Found Guilty Over Fatal Shooting of Jeweler

December 26, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Two men indicted for the fatal armed robbery of a US jeweler have been found guilty by a federal court.Mark Vuono was shot dead in what police in Stamford, Connecticut, described as a "cold blooded murder".He was found lying in front of his open safe with a head wound at Marco Jewelers after a customer called police, in March 2020.  Three men were arrested two days later after...Read More

Bling Bishop in $1m Jewelry Robbery Accused of Fraud and Extortion

December 22, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) -  A flamboyant pastor who was robbed at gunpoint of $1m of jewelry during a live-streamed sermon has been indicted on fraud and extortion charges.Lamor Miller-Whitehead, 45, of Paramus, New Jersey, dubbed the Bling Bishop by newspapers, is charged with two counts of wire fraud and one count of extortion, all of which carry a maximum 20-year sentence. He's also charged with...Read More

Sarine Launches Instant Traceability Check

December 22, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - A new tracaeability check that will instantly confirm a diamond's country of origin from its Sarine ID number.Sarine, the diamond tech company behind the innovation, says traceability and sustainability have become just as important as an accurate 4Cs evaluation. Its Traceability Origin Check is being introduced as "a complimentary service for the natural diamond communit...Read More

Choksi's Diamond Firm Named India's Biggest Willful Defaulter

December 22, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Gitanjali Gems, the company established by Mehul Choksi, the fugitive diamantaire, has been named India's biggest willful defaulter, with unpaid loans of Rs 7,848 crore ($947m). The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has announced a Top 50 of "can pay, won't pay" borrowers.Gitanjali once had 4,000 points of sale, and more than a 50 per cent share of India's overa...Read More

Leviev Diamonds Honor Camilla and Kate

December 21, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Leviev has unveiled two "Empress" diamond rings to honor British royals Camilla, Queen Consort and Catherine (Kate), Princess of Wales.It follows the US-based company's release of The Queen's Collection of 20 rings and other pieces in September, to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II."The Camilla" is a 6.4-carat emerald-cut gem with a $440,000 price tag. "The Catherine...Read More

Molefi Letsiki is De Beers' First Majority Black-Owned Sightholder

December 21, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - De Beers has appointed its first majority black-owned sightholder.Molefi Letsiki Diamonds was founded in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2005, as a custom-made jewelry manufacturing business.It will join the list of around 60 businesses authorized to attend 10 sights a year in Gaborone, Botswana, from 1 January 2023, to buy bulk parcels of rough diamonds. Mr Letsiki graduated f...Read More

De Beers Total 2022 Sales up a Fifth on 2021

December 21, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - De Beers today said rough sales during its final cycle of the year were $410m (provisional).That takes its 2022 total to $6.12bn - an increase of just over a fifth (21 per cent) on 2021 sales of $4.82bn. Sales during Covid-hit 2020 were $2.79bn. In 2019, De Beers sold $4.04bn.Sales during cycle 10 were down slightly from cycle 9, with sales of $454m, but up on cycle 10 of 2021 ($33...Read More

Pandora Moves HQ from Baltimore to Big Apple

December 20, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Pandora is moving its North American headquarters from Baltimore to New York City, as it aims to "double revenue in the market".The world's largest jewelry brand sold over $1bn in the US last year and believes its new home, on the 35th floor of the 1540 Broadway skyscraper in Times Square, will help it recruit world-class talent."The location increases global talent attraction...Read More

Crocodile Rock: Gold Necklace Studded with 15,000 Gems

December 20, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - A jeweler in India has created a crocodile necklace, studded with 8,000 natural diamonds and 7,000 other gemstones.It was among the highlights at the Gems & Jewellery Manufacturers Show in Surat, which ended yesterday.Samir Mehta, of the Surat-based jewelry manufacturer Arete Virtue, said the necklace was made of 330 grammes of gold and had a $36,000 price tag."We've had m...Read More

Amnesty Calls for Action on Sierra Leone Diamond Mine

December 20, 22 / John Jeffay

(IDEX Online) - Amnesty International is calling on the government in Sierra Leone to address concerns over the impact of a diamond mine on a neighboring community.It claims their lives are being blighted by blasting operations and by water pollution caused by Meya Mining.Residents are "forced to evacuate their homes and take shelter in the different structures made by the company until the b...Read More

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