The KPC’s Annual Global Summary reveals that the Russian Federation is still strong #1 in CTS volume, with 38,303,500 CTS produced in 2014. Distant second in volume only is Botswana with 24,668,090 CTS, however, Botswana almost catches up to the Russian Federation in value, with a production of $3,646,952,179 against $3,733,262,920.
With a global production of 124,778,468 CTS in 2014, we can clearly see a global decrease in production from 2013 of 4,983,573 CTS. This trend downwards equates to a 3.8 % reduction in production.
Now keep in mind that these numbers are for stones with KPC’s only, this does not include diamonds mined and circulated on the black market.
News of Alrosa & related companies being victim of a theft is going around the diamond community. Alrosa is the largest diamond producing company worldwide, by far. It is owned by the Russian Government and Private Companies.
The Gokhran Depository is holding precious metals, jewels and stones, and has fallen victim of theft before. It is reported that several large stones were stolen from a large parcel on deposit and replaced by smaller ones.
The depository holds Russia’s supplies of gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, pearls and other stones and precious metals, and has been robbed several times over the years.
Exports of diamonds last month were just north of $1.5 billion, down by over 18 per cent from to $1.85 billion at the same time last year.
Volume wise, this decline was over 14 per cent, Indian trade exporting over 2.80 million carats in July this year, against 3.26 million carats last year.
Similarly, imports of rough diamonds in July fell 42.9 per cent to $1 billion against $2 billion last year. In volume terms, 9.36 million carats of rough were imported in July, a decline of 40 per cent compared with imports of 15.6 million carats in July 2014.
However the main markets both for rough and polished diamonds remained strong in places like Holland. Sourcing from Alrosa, the largest producer of rough diamonds. Another would be to make Mumbai a more attractive market in the global diamond trade, as India already cuts over 80% of the world’s diamonds.
Since early July, Sierra Leone miners have restarted their mine exploitations, and mines are now operating in full swing. Most operations were suspended for about 7 months from late last year to this summer.
These are great news for all Sierra Leonians and for their economy. The Ebola still remains a threat in Sierra Leone, but there has been no new cases this month on record, which is very positive news.