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Gemfields sees almost threefold increase in quarterly emerald output

By: Natalie Greve Gemstone producer Gemfields has almost tripled the production of emerald and beryl from its flagship Kagem mine, in Zambia, lifting production from 3.6-million carats in the quarter ended March 31, 2014, to a robust 9.9-million carats in the three months ended March 31, 2015. The company, which... 

Pallinghurst shares rise on triple performance in troubled times 

By: Martin Creamer The shares of diversified mining company Pallinghurst rose by more than 4% in Johannesburg on Monday after the company reported a rise on the performance of its platinum, manganese and coloured gemstones business units during troubled times. In the 12 months to December 31, the JSE-listed... 

Pallinghurst expects jump in FY earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal JSE-listed Pallinghurst Resources on Friday said it expected to post a 250% rise in earnings for the year ended December 2014. The group’s earnings and headline earnings a share for the year under review would reach $0.07, compared with the $0.02 recorded in 2013, owing to valuation increases in... 


By: Martin Creamer Coloured gemstones are sparkling. Aim-listed Gemfields has generated revenues totalling $325-million from 18 emerald and beryl auctions since mid 2009, with this month’s emerald, beryl and amethyst auction netting $14.95-million. Headed by South African-born top brass Ian Harebottle, above, and... 

Gemfields reports 40% output increase in December quarter

By: Ilan Solomons Outputs at coloured gemstone mining and marketing company Gemfields’ Kagem emerald and beryl mine, in Zambia, and from its Montepuez ruby and corundum mine, in Mozambique in total rose more than 40% for the three-month period ending December 31, 2014 compared to the same quarter in 2013. This is... 

Gemfields delivers higher H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal A steady increase in coloured gemstone demand is set to continue for the foreseeable future, Aim-listed Gemfields said on Monday as it posted higher earnings for the first half of the 2015 financial year. The gemstone miner posted a surge in after-tax profit to $23-million for the six months... 

Gemfields auctions realise $14.95m in revenue

By: Creamer Media Reporter The latest auctions of emerald and beryl and amethyst mined at Aim-listed Gemfields’ operations have realised revenues of $14.95-million. The third auction of emeralds and beryl from the company’s 75%-owned Kagem mine, in Zambia, for the current financial year, saw the sale of 10.1-million carats... 

Gemfields targeting higher gemstones production this year

By: Ilan Solomons Coloured gemstone mining and marketing company Gemfields is targeting the production of about 25-million carats of emerald and beryl from its Kagem mine, in Zambia, and about eight-million carats of ruby and corundum from its Montepuez mine, in Mozambique, this year. Gemfields owns a 75% stake in... 

Gemfields lifts Q2 emerald, ruby output by 40% 

By: Creamer Media Reporter Subsidiaries of Aim-listed Gemfields increased their gemstone production by more than 40% in the three months ended December 31. The company’s 75%-owned Kagem Mining subsidiary, in Zambia, produced 5.8-million carats of emerald and beryl during the second quarter of the 2015 financial year,... 

Coloured gemstones coming into their own after being outshone by diamonds for decades

By: Ilan Solomons Until the 1940s, coloured gemstones and diamonds shared a stake of about 50:50 in the global jewellery market, and from that time diamond miner De Beers undertook an aggressive marketing campaign that resulted in the value and popularity of diamonds significantly outstripping those of other gems... 

Coloured gemstones coming into their own after being outshone by diamonds for decades

By: Ilan Solomons Until the 1940s, coloured gemstones and diamonds shared about a 50:50 stake in the global jewellery market, at which time diamond miner De Beers undertook an aggressive marketing campaign, which resulted in the value and popularity of diamonds significantly outstripping that of other gems and has... 

On-The-Air (12/12/2014)

Two South Africans are stimulating the big new surge in world ruby, emerald and coloured gemstone sales; South African coal miners are way behind their Australian counterparts on the productivity front; and Over-supply is killing commodity prices and putting mining operations at risk. 

Gemfields rakes in $43m from Southern African rubies

By: Creamer Media Reporter Creamer Media's Natalie Greve speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about gemstone company Gemfields' record revenues at a five-day ruby auction in Singapore. 

Gemfields rakes in $43m from Southern African rubies

By: Martin Creamer Coloured gemstone mining and marketing company Gemfields has achieved record revenues at a five-day ruby auction in Singapore, where the company raked in $43.3-million from the sale of rubies mined in Southern Africa. This latest value-focused auction generated $9.8-million more than the... 

Mozambique delivering on promised regulations as well as rubies and mineral sands

By: Keith Campbell Mozambique Mineral Resources Ministry Permanent Secretary Alfredo Nampete has given the assurance that the country’s government was in the final stages of drawing up the ordinances for the Mineral and Petroleum Laws. Speaking in the last week of November in the country’s capital, Maputo, he... 

Mozambique regulations, rare ruby auction, Mining Weekly boost

By: Martin Creamer New Mozambique mineral regulations before year-end; high praise for Gemfields rare ruby; Mining Weekly given distribution boost.  

Rare ruby expected to attract attention at Gemfields auction

By: Martin Creamer A rare ruby is expected to attract attention at London Aim-listed Gemfields’ upcoming ruby auction. The 40.23-carat rough ruby, unearthed at the company’s Montepuez deposit in Mozambique’s northeast Cabo Delgado province, is expected to set a new benchmark for the quality of African rubies. 

Latest Gemfields emerald auction yields $35m

By: Creamer Media Reporter Aim-listed Gemfields’ latest auction of rough emerald mined at its Kagem mine in Zambia has earned the company $34.9-million from the sale of 598 000 ct. The auction, which was held in Lusaka from November 13 to 17, was the second for the current financial year, and 16 of the 17 lots on offer had... 

Gemfields posts solid quarterly output, but lower grades

By: Natalie Greve Aim-listed Gemfields’ 75%-owned Kagem emerald mine, in Zambia, yielded 6.3-million carats at a grade of 214 ct/t of ore and unit operating costs of $1.63/ct in the three months ended September 30. This was a slight decrease on the 6.5-million carats recovered in the quarter ended September 30, 2013. 

Pallinghurst platinum mine invests in low-energy smelt alternative

By: Martin Creamer The platinum platform of diversified JSE-listed Pallinghurst has invested in a low-energy hydrometallurgical alternative to high-energy smelting. The environment-friendly Kell process, which Pallinghurst has been studying over a prolonged period, requires only a fifth of the electricity required... 

Gemfields triples FY revenue to $160m

By: Natalie Greve Posting a threefold jump in revenue from $48.4-million in 2013, to $160.1-million for the year ended June 30, gemstone producer Gemfields has enjoyed what CEO Ian Harebottle describes as a “stellar year”, during which the miner saw record revenues emerge from its emerald business. The group also... 

Gemfields pursues Sri Lankan sapphire opportunities

By: Creamer Media Reporter Aim-listed Gemfields has entered into a joint venture (JV) with East West Gem Investments (EWGI) to pursue opportunities in the Sri Lankan sapphire and gemstone sector. Under the terms of the agreement, Gemfields would gain a 75% stake in three EWGI subsidiaries, holding 16 exploration licences... 

Pallinghurst readies for share earnings jump in H1

By: Natalie Greve Johannesburg-listed Pallinghurst Resources expects earnings a share and headline earnings a share to increase to $0.14 for the half-year ended June 30, improving from a loss a share and headline loss a share of $0.10 in the first half of 2013.  “The significant period-on-period increase in... 

Gemfields achieves second-highest revenue from lower-quality gems

By: Natasha Odendaal Aim-listed Gemfields’ first auction of the current financial year netted the company the second-highest proceeds to be generated from lower-quality rough emerald and beryl sales. The rough emerald and beryl auction, held in Lusaka from August 5 to 8, earned the company revenues of $15.5-million... 

Gemfields narrows emerald output in Q4

By: Natalie Greve Gemfields’ 75%-owned Kagem emerald mine, in Zambia, tightened emerald output in the quarter ended June 30, yielding 6.3-million carats, compared with 8.9-million carats recovered in the comparable quarter of the previous year. Similarly, the average grade of 271 ct/t of ore was a narrowing of the... 

Mozambican rubies perform well at first auction

By: Keith Campbell The first auction of rough rubies and corundum from the Montepuez ruby mine in Mozambique, held in Singapore from June 12 to June 17, brought in revenues of $33.5-million. This was reported by London Stock Exchange AIM-listed Gemfields plc, which owns 75% of miner Montepuez Ruby Mining Limitada.... 

Inaugural ruby auction nets $33.5m – Gemfields

By: Creamer Media Reporter The inaugural auction of rough ruby and corundum mined at Aim-listed Gemfields’ 75%-owned Montepuez deposit, in Mozambique, has raised $33.5-million, taking the coloured-gemstones mining and marketing company’s overall revenue for rough gemstone sales to in excess of $143-million for the current... 

Gemfields emerald auction yields $13.5m revenue

By: Leandi Kolver Coloured-gemstones mining and marketing company Gemfields on Tuesday reported a gross revenue of $13.5-million after selling 268 000 ct of emeralds at auction. The revenue from this latest auction, which took place from April 28 to May 2, in Jaipur, India, was 59% higher than that of the prior... 

Gemfields prepares for inaugural ruby auction, reports sound quarter

By: Natasha Odendaal JOHANNESBURG ( – As operations ramp up at its 75%-owned Montepuez ruby deposit, in Mozambique, Aim-listed Gemfields is preparing for its inaugural ruby auction in Singapore in mid-June. "Gemfields is pleased to report on another sound quarter [to March], which has seen further... 

Gemfields secures $15m unsecured loan from key shareholder

By: Natalie Greve Aim-listed Gemfields has inked a $15-million unsecured, 12-month working capital facility with specialist natural resources investment company and key shareholder Pallinghurst Resources, the funds of which will be used to “smooth" the company's centrally available cash flow. This came as the... 

Resources Watch

By: Creamer Media Reporter This week: Pallinghurst brings in new technology to boost its platinum business. And, Gemfields is doing the ‘De Beers-equivalent’ in emeralds. 

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