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Cupric Canyon to start construction of Botswana copper mine in October

Cupric Canyon to start construction of Botswana copper mine in October Reuters | Jun. 7, 2018, 10:20 AM | PeopleMine Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Email Print Cupric Canyon expects the underground mine to also produce 2 million ounces of silver a year over 20 years. (Image: Cupric Canyon) GABORONE, June 7 (Reuters) – Private equity firm Cupric Canyon will begin construction of its Khoemacau copper project in Botswana in October, with first sales of the metal expected in 2021, a company executive said on Thursday.
Sparsely-populated Botswana is the world's top diamond producer by value, but the government of the southern African country is trying to diversify the economy to reduce its dependence on the gemstone.
Johannes Tsimako, a manager of the Khoemacau project, said he expected to see, “first concentrate delivery to the market in three years.”
Tsimako said initially the project would produce 60,000 tonnes of copper a year, increasing to about 100,000 tonnes a year by 2023.
Cupr..

Petra Diamonds secures $170 million to help lower debt

Petra Diamonds secures $170 million to help lower debt Cecilia Jamasmie | Jun. 13, 2018, 9:08 AM | PeopleMine Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Email Print Illegal mining at Petra’s Kimberley Ekapa Mining JV (pictured) hit production during the March quarter as it restricted access to high-grade dumps at the surface retreatment operation. (Image courtesy of Petra Diamonds.) Shares in Petra Diamonds (LON:PDL) climbed around 5% on Wednesday after the South African miner said shareholders had approved a rights issue to raise about $170 million to help cut its debt burden.
The company has more than $600 million of debt it accumulated by building a new plant and digging deeper at its flagship Cullinan diamond mine. The company, owner of the iconic Cullinan mine, where the world’s biggest-ever diamond was found in 1905, has accumulated a hefty debt in the last 18 months as it borrowed heavily to expand its mines, known for some major recent findings,
Petra Diamonds has more than $600 million of de..

Lucapa gets another $2 million from Lulo diamonds sale

Lucapa gets another $2 million from Lulo diamonds sale Cecilia Jamasmie | Jun. 18, 2018, 10:18 AM | PeopleMine Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Email Print Alluvial diamonds recovered from mining blocks four and six. (Image courtesy of Lucapa Diamond.) Australia’s Lucapa Diamond (ASX:LOM) said Monday it had made $2 million after selling a new parcel of diamonds found at its prolific Lulo mine in Angola.
Together with its partners, Empresa Nacional de Diamantes and Rosas & Petalas, Lucapa sold 1,782 carats at an average price of $1,150 per carat.
Sale has taken gross sales proceeds from the Angola-based mine so far this year to $15.9 million. The sale has taken gross sales proceeds from Lulo so far this year to $15.9 million at an average price of $1,642 per carat.
The project, located 150km from Alrosa's Catoca mine, the world's fourth largest diamond mine, hosts type-2a diamonds which account for less than 1% of global supply.
Lucapa has a 35-year license for Lulo, which early ..

CAR struggling to resume diamond exports, tax revenue lags

CAR struggling to resume diamond exports, tax revenue lags Reuters | Jun. 18, 2018, 11:20 AM | PeopleMine Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Email Print Image from archives * Sales, tax revenue a fraction of previous levels
* Kimberley Process members meet this week
LONDON, June 18 (Reuters) – Despite a partial lifting of a ban on its diamond exports, the Central African Republic (CAR) is struggling to restore sales and seeing only a fraction of the tax revenue it once did, its mining minister said in an interview.
As a member of the 81-nation Kimberley Process which certifies ethical diamond exports, CAR was banned from exporting diamonds in 2013 after rebels seized power.
In 2016, the ban was partly lifted, with CAR allowed to resume sales from five “green zones” from which the then newly-elected government could enforce the Kimberley Process to certify diamonds are conflict-free.
Mines Minister Leopold Mboli Fatrane told Reuters in a telephone interview the country needs more help inclu..

Former IDE MD Eli Avidar Appointed President of Carats.io

Former IDE MD Eli Avidar Appointed President of Carats.io

June 18, 18 by Albert Robinson

(IDEX Online) – Carats.io has announced that it has appointed former Israel Diamond Exchange and Israel Diamond Institute Managing Director Eli Avidar as president.

Carats.io is an Israeli startup issuing the first cryptocurrency backed by diamonds, thereby establishing the first-ever financial market for diamonds. The company uses state-of-the-art Big Data and blockchain technologies to tokenize diamonds, and has created an algorithm that compares individual diamond grades to daily market conditions. This algorithm has so far been deployed to price over $10 billion worth of diamonds. The company, which is audited by international accounting firm Ernst & Young, raised $1.6 million in its first financing round.
“The international financial community is divided into those who are wary of digital currencies and those who are seeking a way to invest in them,” said Avidar. “Regulators in the maj..

Belgian Research Body Unveils ‘Game-Changing” Polishing Technology

Belgian Research Body Unveils 'Game-Changing” Polishing Technology

June 18, 18 by Albert Robinson

(IDEX Online) – Belgium's Scientific and Technological Research Center for Diamonds (WTOCD) says that after more than 10 years of research it has succeeded in developing a technology that fully automates the polishing process.
The WTOCD, the research center of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), said that, as a result, diamonds can be polished 10 to 20 times faster than by hand. A stone that would typically take an entire day can now be polished in one and a half hours using the new technology called FENIX.
Ari Epstein, CEO of the AWDC, said: “This discovery fundamentally changes the diamond polishing process. Today’s wages simply make it too expensive to conduct this labor-intensive job in our country. FENIX puts an end to this, and can therefore be a real game-changer for the Antwerp diamond industry.”
In addition to being fast, FENIX is also extremely accurate and ..

WDC’s Fischler Reiterates Need For Review And Reform At KP Intersessional

WDC's Fischler Reiterates Need For Review And Reform At KP Intersessional

June 19, 18 by Albert Robinson

(IDEX Online) – The World Diamond Council (WDC), an industry group focused on preventing conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate global supply chain and protecting the value of natural diamonds, reaffirmed its commitment at the 2018 KP Intersessional meeting being held in Antwerp from June 18-22 to driving ongoing positive change through reform.
The Intersessional is an annual forum where members gather to discuss the technical aspects of the various working groups that comprise the Kimberley Process. Individual members of the WDC currently serve on a range of KP working groups that include Monitoring, CAR Monitoring Team, Statistics, Rules and Procedures, Participation and Chairmanship, Alluvial and Artisanal Production and Diamond Experts.
Stephane Fischler (pictured above), Acting President of the WDC, is expected to reiterate the need for KP review and reform ..

Lucapa Diamond Sells $2M Of Alluvial Diamonds, $16M In H1

Lucapa Diamond Sells $2M Of Alluvial Diamonds, $16M In H1

June 19, 18 by Albert Robinson

(IDEX Online) – The Lucapa Diamond Company and its partners have completed a sale of alluvial diamonds from the Lulo diamond project in Angola, with gross proceeds of $2.0 million.
The average price per carat was $1,150, with the sale excluding a number of large white Specials and a colored Special which were not presented for sale and were held back for a future sale, the miner said.
The sale took gross proceeds from Lulo diamond sales to date in the first half of this year to $15.9 million with an average price per carat of $1,642.

HRD Antwerp, Russia Sign Deal For Opening Of Grading Lab In Moscow

HRD Antwerp, Russia Sign Deal For Opening Of Grading Lab In Moscow

June 19, 18 by Albert Robinson

(IDEX Online) – HRD Antwerp and Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation Aleksey Vladimirovich Moiseev have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of an HRD Antwerp diamond grading lab in Moscow.
“The signing of this landmark MoU is an important step forward in the process of opening the first HRD Antwerp laboratory in the Russian Federation,” HRD Antwerp said in a statement.
Ari Epstein, President of the Board of Directors of HRD Antwerp, emphasized the importance of Russia as the world’s largest producer of rough diamonds and as an industry leader when it comes to transparency in the value chain at the signing ceremony.
“This collaboration will further enhance confidence in the diamond and jewelry market in Russia and worldwide,” said Epstein.
The signing of the agreement took place against the background of the Kimberley Process Certificat..

ALROSA Sells 1,725 Carats Of Large Diamonds For $10.5M At Dubai Auction

ALROSA Sells 1,725 Carats Of Large Diamonds For $10.5M At Dubai Auction

June 20, 18 by Albert Robinson

(IDEX Online) – ALROSA sold 111 gem-quality lots with a total weight of 1,725 carats for $10.5 million at an international auction in Dubai which took place from May 27 to June 14.
There were 32 winning bidders from the largest diamond trading centers (India, Belgium, Israel, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States).
“The auction concluded with excellent results for us, the starting price was almost doubled,” said Evgeny Agureev, a Member of the Executive Committee and Director of the USO ALROSA. “This once again confirms that diamond market participants are still interested in our products. We plan to hold the next auction in Dubai in October-November this year.”
The latest auction was the third to be held in Dubai since the beginning of this year.