Category Archives: Diamond News

ALROSA Names 100.53-carat Yakutia Yellow Diamond After “Sputnik V” Vaccine

Russian miner ALROSA reported on February 16, 2021, the recovery of a 100.53-carat, light yellow, gem-quality rough diamond from its Yakutia alluvial deposits. The rough diamond had a flattened octahedron shape and dimensions of 27.15 x 28.82 x 29.56 mm. The alluvial deposits in northwest Yakutia, operated by ALROSA’s subsidiary Almazy Anabara are renowned for […]

GIA REPORTS OF MORE IMPOSTOR DIAMONDS WITH FAKE INSCRIPTIONS

Following the discovery of a diamond simulant Moissanite with a fraudulent GIA inscription, at GIA’s Johannesburg Laboratory, South Africa, as reported in the 2020 Falls Edition of GIA’s Quarterly Journal, Gems & Gemology, released in mid-January, the Gemological Institute of America has reported more detections of “Impostor” diamonds with fake inscriptions. These diamonds were either […]

GIA Detects for the First Time a Diamond Simulant with Fradulent Inscription

The 2020 Falls Edition of GIA’s Quarterly Journal, Gems & Gemology released in mid-January reported a sensational news of the discovery for the first time of a fradulent GIA inscription on a diamond simulant Moissanite, at their Johannesburg Laboratory in South Africa. The diamond simulant was presented to the GIA Johannesburg Laboratory as a 1.02-carat, […]

Lucara Recovers Second +300 Carat Diamond for New Year 2021 Within Two Weeks

Lucara Diamond Corporation in a press release dated January 26, 2021, just 12 days after the announcment of the recovery of the first large rough diamond for the year, the 341-carat top white, gem-quality diamond, on January 14, 2021, announced the surprising recovery of a second +300-carat gem-quality, top white diamond, from their 100% owned […]

First Large Diamond for 2021 Recovered at Lucara’s Karowe Diamond Mine

Lucara Diamond Corporation, a Canadian diamond mining company, the sole owner and operator of the Karowe diamond mine in Botswana, announced on January 14, 2021, the recovery of an unbroken 341-carat, top white gem-quality diamond, the first large diamond to be recovered from the mine in the new year 2021 and the 54th over 200-carat […]

Lucapa Recovers 113-carat White Diamond from Lulo with the onset of New Year.

ASX-listed Lucapa Diamond Company together with its Angolan partners Empresa Nacional de Diamantes E.P. (“Endiama”) and Rosas & Petalas, who own and operate the Lulo Diamond Mine in Angola, announced on January 4th, 2021 the recovery of the 17th, +100-carat white diamond from their Lulo alluvial mine, which is also the first large diamond to […]

Indian Diamond Exports Bounce Back to pre-COVID Levels in November 2020

Following the devastating effects of the lockdowns that brought the gem and jewelry industry to a virtual standstill during the first half of 2020, the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India reports a bounce back of the industry, reaching pre-COVID levels in November and December, 2020, as demand picked in all major […]

Lucapa’s Largest Ever Pink Rough Diamond Yields 15.2-Carat Heart-Shaped Pink Diamond

Lucapa Diamond Company which operates the Lulo Diamond Mine in Angola, in partnership with Angola Government stakeholders Endiama and Angolan private company Rosas & Petalas, and has gone into a manufacturing partnership with Graff Subsidiary Safdico International, has released the polished results of a 46-carat pink rough diamond, the largest ever pink diamond to be […]

Scientists from ANU and RMIT Melbourne Create Diamonds at Room Temperature Using Only High Pressure

The popular Australian website https://theconversation.com/au published a news item on November 19, 2020, headlined, “We created diamonds in mere minutes, without heat – by mimicking the force of an asteroid collision” which created waves of excitement and disbelief around the world, as a team of Australian Scientists from ANU and RMIT Melbourne claimed that they […]

Alrosa’s “Spirit of the Rose Diamond” Sets Price-Per-Carat World Record of US$ 1.8 Million at Sotheby’s Geneva, Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels Sale

Alrosa’s “Spirit of the Rose Diamond” an oval modified brilliant-cut, 14.83-carat, fancy-vivid-purple-pink, internally flawless, type II stone, derived from the largest pink crystal ever mined in Russia, weighing 27.85 carats, achieved the highest price ever for any purple-pink diamond, sold at an auction, selling to an anonymous bidder for nearly $27 million at Sotheby’s Geneva, […]