108ct. Pink Diamond at Heart of New Partnership

Dubai-based manufacturer Choron has signed an agreement with Storm Mountain Diamonds to cut and polish a 108.39-carat stone from the Kao mine in Lesotho.

Storm Mountain, a joint venture between Namakwa Diamonds and the Lesotho government, recovered the type IIa diamond in March. The stone is one of the largest pink diamonds ever discovered, Storm Mountain said last week.

“Storm Mountain continues to consistently deliver extraordinary diamonds, and this diamond further cements the Kao mine as the primary producer of pink diamonds globally,” said Storm Mountain board chairman Robert Cowley. “We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with Choron, and we look forward to the next chapter of this diamond’s story.”

Storm Diamonds will retain a minority share in the stone, while Choron will manufacture and market it, Choron CEO Anshul Gandhi told Rapaport News. The company has not disclosed the other terms of the partnership.

“It is a privilege for Choron to unlock the secrets within this remarkable pink diamond, and we look forward to revealing the story of this historic diamond,” said Ghandi. “Our artisans will meticulously transform this rough diamond into an array of polished diamonds that will be remembered for generations to come.”

Source: Diamonds.net

Gem Diamonds Recovers 102ct. Rough from Letšeng

Gem Diamonds has unearthed a 101.96-carat rough from its Letšeng mine in Lesotho, its second stone over 100 carats so far this year.

The miner discovered the gem-quality, type IIa diamond on September 28, it said Wednesday. The find follows that of a 122-carat stone on March 5.

While Letšeng had previously been known for producing high-quality rough diamonds topping the 100-carat mark, that supply has been declining. Last year, the miner retrieved only four diamonds of that magnitude, versus six in 2021 and 16 in 2020.

The lack of special-size stones has hurt the company’s revenue, with sales falling 28% year on year to $71.8 million in the first six months of 2023. The miner incurred a loss of $1 million, compared to a profit of $3.8 million during the same period in 2022.

Source: Diamonds.net

Officials Face Fraud Charges over Missing Diamonds

A diamond held by dop is polished on rotating automatic cast iron lap

Four government officials have been arrested in South Africa, following the disappearance of rough gems bought for a diamond cutting course.

The suspects, all employees at the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, were detained last Wednesday by the Hawks, the force that specializes in corruption and economic crime. They all face fraud charges.
Back in 2010 the European Union donated over $440,000 to fund a mining qualification course –  which included cutting and polishing – for 40 students at the Kimberley Diamonds International Jewellery Academy (KIDJA), Northern Cape.
In July 2021 a random audit inspection discovered that rough gems bought for training purposes had disappeared.
They were reportedly purchased from a private entity without the necessary licenses.
Four suspects, aged 47 to 66, are due to appear at Kimberley Magistrates’ Court.

Source: IDEX

Gem Diamonds Unearths 370ct. Rough

Gem Diamonds 370.00 carat Rough Diamond

Gem Diamonds has recovered a 370-carat rough stone in Lesotho, the second over 100 carats in one week.

The “high-quality,” white, type II diamond came from the company’s Letšeng mine, known for producing large diamonds, it said Monday. The new find follows the discovery of a high-quality, 254-carat, white, type II diamond the miner reported on May 4.

The miner has unearthed three 100-carat-plus diamonds so far this year, including a 146.9-carat rough in January. Although output of large stones was sluggish in the first quarter as the company mined lower-value areas, it is still ahead of last year’s discovery of two stones greater than 100 carats by the middle of May.

In 2020, Gem Diamonds produced a total of 16 diamonds larger than 100 carats.

Source: Diamonds.net

Gem Diamonds recovers high quality 254 carat white diamond at Letšeng

Gem Diamonds has announced the recovery of a high quality 254 carat Type II rough diamond
254 carat Type II Rough Diamond

Gem Diamonds has announced the recovery of a high quality 254 carat Type II, white diamond, from the Letšeng mine in Lesotho, the highest dollar per carat kimberlite diamond mine in the world.

“It is pleasing to see that carat production during the Q1,2021 is up some 11% on the same period in 2020 and the average price of US$1 630 per carat is also slightly up on Q1,2020,” said CEO, Clifford Elphick in last month’s Q1,2021 report.

“Although the production from the mining mix was not as impressive as the second half of 2020, with fewer large diamonds recovered due to the areas accessed under the mining plan, prices achieved on a like for like basis remained strong for Letšeng’s high value diamond production.

“It is anticipated that the mining mix should improve over the coming months as the richer parts of the Satellite pit are accessed in accordance with the mine plan.”

Source: miningreview.com

Give us Back the Crown Jewel Diamonds, says South African Politician

Pic shows Ndlozi’s tweet

Britain must return two Cullinan diamonds from its crown jewels, says a member of South Africa’s parliament.

Mbusiyseni Ndlozi, of the left-wing opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) tweeted: “Expropriation of the Queen’s crown without compensation: we want our diamonds back!” A tweet claimed the gems had a combined value of $5bn.

The Cullinan I (Star of Africa), a 530.2 carat pendeloque-cut diamond, is set as the main stone in Queen Elizabeth II’s Sceptre with Cross.

It was cut from 3,106.75-carat Cullinan Diamond, unearthed at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1905, and presented by the Transvaal provincial government as an extremely generous birthday gift to Britain’s King Edward VII.

Among the other gems cut from it is The Cullinan II (Second Star of Africa) which weighs 317.4 carats and which is set in the Imperial State Crown.

Source: IDEX

Petra Sells 20ct. Blue Diamond for $15M

Petra Blue Diamond

Petra Diamonds sold a 20.08-carat blue diamond from its Cullinan mine in South Africa for just under $15 million, it said Friday.

“We are very pleased with this result, which is in line with our expectations and confirms the resilience in the value of very high-quality blue diamonds,” said Petra CEO Richard Duffy. “We look forward to following this exceptional stone’s journey to its polished form.”

An undisclosed leading diamond company purchased the type IIb, gem-quality stone at tender in Johannesburg, South Africa, for $14.9 million, or $741,000 per carat.

“This is an encouraging result and shows that there is still strong demand for special diamonds,” noted investment bank Berenberg. “This is positive for Petra and puts extra cash on the balance sheet to work down debt…. We believe that today’s announcement is an undoubted positive for the shares.” Petra’s stock price rose 10% Friday.

The miner recovered the stone from the western portion of Cullinan in September. At the time, Berenberg estimated the selling price at $10 million to $15 million, while Shore Capital forecast it would fetch between $13 million and $15 million.

The company also plans to restructure its operation, implementing a flatter management structure, whereby the head of each mine will report directly to Duffy. As a result, the company has eliminated the position of chief operating officer, and Luctor Roode, who held that position, will leave Petra with immediate effect, the miner said.

Source: Diamonds.net

Artisanal small-scale diamond mining initiative launched

Petra Rough Diamond

Petra Diamonds has launched an artisanal small-scale mining initiative in South Africa. This follows a process of extensive consultation and cooperation with relevant stakeholders.

These include the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMR&E), as mining sector regulator, the Letsemeng Local Municipality, as elected representatives of the community, and the community itself.

Richard Duffy, CE of Petra Diamonds, comments:

“We regard this initiative as another milestone in the Petra legacy and we welcome the Koffiefontein Community Mining Primary Cooperative (KCM) artisanal miners as partners in our industry to complement our own operations and extract optimal benefit from the diamond reserves in Koffiefontein.

“We wish KCM all of the best with this venture and thank our Government and community partners for their continued support of both the project and the KCM.”

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During this project, the aim is to create a framework within which artisanal small-scale mining can be conducted by community members in a legal and regulated manner.

Petra believes that there is a space for artisanal small-scale miners to co-exist with formalised, large-scale mining, since artisanal small-scale mining can often profitably recover diamonds from resources that would be unprofitable, or at best marginal, for a larger operator due to the capital and overhead costs involved.

A decision was taken to make available some of the Tailings Mineral Resources (TMR), notably the resource generally referred to as the “Eskom dump”, for the benefit of the community of Koffiefontein.

The intention is that properly regulated artisanal mining, which would comply with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, as well as other standards for such operations set by, inter alia, the United Nations, will be conducted on this resource.

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This is the second artisanal small-scale mining initiative put in place by the company, further to Petra’s efforts and involvement in establishing the artisanal small-scale mining sector in Kimberley.

This culminated in the landmark agreement in 2017 between Kimberley Ekapa Mining JV, in which Petra had a majority interest at the time, and other stakeholders, with the result that available TMRs in Kimberley were allocated to two community-based primary mining co-operatives, Batho Pele and Goede Hoop.

Work on the project at Koffiefontein commenced soon after the conclusion of the above agreement, with the intention to take into account the learnings from the initiative in Kimberley and put in place an artisanal small-scale mining dispensation in Koffiefontein that would be able to both optimally exploit the available resource, and accrue maximum benefit to the community.

To this end, the KCM has been officially established and registered as the primary beneficiaries of this project and the infrastructure and processes required to ensure the operation of this venture have been put in place.

Source: miningreview

Petra to Hold Special Tender for 20.08-Carat Blue Diamond

petra blue

Petra Diamonds will hold a special tender of the 20.08-carat blue diamond. The stone, a gem-quality Type llb diamond, was recovered from the Cullinan mine in South Africa last month.

Viewings will take place at Petra’s diamond marketing offices in Johannesburg from November 1-7 and at the Diamond and Exchange and Export Center from November 8-15.

South Africa’s Petra Diamonds could make up to $15 million for a 20.08 carat blue rough diamond it recovered in September at its iconic Cullinan mine, when it goes for sale at a planned tender in Johannesburg next month.

Investment bank Berenberg valued the “exceptional” blue gem quality diamond at between $10 and $15 million, based on prices Petra has achieved for similar roughs from Cullinan in previous years. In 2015, the miner sold “The Blue Moon of Josephine”, a 29.6 carat blue stone, for $48.5 million, marking a world record price per carat at auction for any diamond at the time.

Zimbabwe Holds Diamond Auction for 316,000 Carats

Zimbabwe Rough Diamonds

Zimbabwe’s state owned Minerals Marketing Corporation opened a 316,000 carat diamond auction, which will close at the end of the week an official said.

“This is the third auction we have conducted this year as there were some administrative issues which were taking place within the organization,” MMCZ’s General Manager Tongai Muzenda said by phone on Wednesday. The last auction was held in July.

The auction, which began on Sept. 9 and will close on Sept. 13, has attracted buying interest from Belgium, Dubai, India, Israel and South Africa, but Muzenda declined to name the companies bidding, citing confidentiality.

Zimbabwe expects to produce 4.1 million carats of diamonds this year, up from 2.8 carats in 2018. At the peak of production in 2012, the southern African country’s output was 12 million carats.