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Diamond Producers to continue operations despite COVID-19 outbreak

Even in these uncertain times, traditional diamond producers remain confident about future demand. Despite the current COVID-19 outbreak, on Friday (27th March), Anglo American announced that production will continue across several African diamond assets with considerably reduced employee numbers. Individual mines will continue operating with only 50% of workers remaining. …

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IIA Technologies infringed element six synthetic diamond rights

Singapore courts have ruled that IIa Technologies have infringed an Element Six patent for proprietary synthetic diamond products and their method of manufacture. The patent relates to the production of material which is desirable both for use in laboratory-grown diamond jewellery, and in optical applications such as infrared spectroscopy and …

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De Beers, RDI Diamonds inks deal

International diamond giant, De Beers Group Industry Services has announced a new collaboration with leading US wholesaler, RDI Diamonds Inc.   According to the company, RDI Diamonds Inc is to become its premier source of diamond grading reports.   The partnership marks De Beers Group Industry Services’ first step into …

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Namdeb seeks tax break

NAMDEB is confident that the government would grant the company tax breaks so that it extends its land-based operation beyond 2023. Namdeb is a joint venture between the Namibian government and Anglo American’s De Beers Group, it currently pays a 10% royalty on its sales and 55% corporate tax on …

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Petra Diamonds establishes second artisanal mining initiative

London-listed Petra Diamonds launched its Artisanal Small-scale Mining (ASM) initiative in the Free State. The launch follows a process of consultation and cooperating with relevant stakeholders, including the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, the Letsemeng local municipality, and the community of Koffiefontein itself. During the project, the aim was …

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Alweendo reins in CPB over gems tender

THE Central Procurement Board has failed to convince mines minister Tom Alweendo why it picked a diamond valuation company that charged the government N$70 million more than the outgoing service provider. The CPB, on behalf of the mines ministry, had awarded a N$300 million contract to Gem Diamonds Namibia to …

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Confidence in the diamond sector

By Jonathan Kendall* I have previously discussed how vital confidence is if you are to succeed at any and all stages of the diamond value chain, and to maintain confidence requires expertise, innovation and hard work. In the diamond sector, this has never been truer than it is today. Across …

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XRT technology recovers 1,758 carat diamond in Botswana

TOMRA Sorting Mining technologies have enabled Lucara’s diamond mine in Botswana to discover an unbroken 1,758 carat stone The diamond is the largest to be mined at Karowe to date, weighing close to 352 grams through the TOMRA XRT sensor technology. “As the largest diamond ever recovered by a mechanical …

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Angola’s diamond industry makeover underway

The Angolan government aired out plans of refurbishing the diamond sector as being in progress. Speaking at a conference on the re-organising of oil and gas, Diamantino Azevedo Angolan Minister of Mineral Resources and Oil stated that the diamond sector will undergo similar changes to the oil sector. With the …

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Seal of approval for De Beers diamond verification instruments

De Beers Group Industry Services’ four diamond verification instruments (DVI) submitted for testing as part of Project ASSURE have received outstanding results. Project ASSURE is a joint collaboration between the Diamond Producers Association (DPA) and Signet Jewelers, with input provided by other participants in the diamond industry and gemmological laboratories, …

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