With some of the largest mining companies slashing their prices by 10% and more, and the pressure on these companies from the Indian market to keep prices low, prices are going down.
This softer market is unlikely to remain for the long term as demand in Asia is expected to pick up within the next 6 months. Despite the lower global production in 2014, most of the major producers like Russia and Botswana’s productions have increased.
Rough Diamonds will always remain a strong commodity on the global market and despite fluctuations in value like all other commodities, the core value of the asset will always be strong.
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.
Liberia was declared ebola free once again, relief at the horizon for minors who have gone through great disruption caused by the spread of ebola.
Back to mining, as business as usual gradually retakes its course in Liberia, and the rest of West Africa were operations were suspended up to 7 months in some areas.
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.
A meeting will be held today in Freetown at the GGDO (The Government Gold & Diamond Office) for all Rough Diamond Miners/Exporters. This month of September set to be the month of changes in Freetown.
Madnox will keep you posted in regards to these new changes and or regulations which we are being told will take effect right away.