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Analyzing the Major Diamond Mines Worldwide

  • February 2014
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  • Aruvian's R'search
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  • 100 pages

The worldwide retail market for diamond jewellery is roughly around $75 billion. About 133 million carats of rough diamonds are produced each year. Botswana and Russia are the two largest producers; between them they have about half of the world's production. Australia, Angola, Namibia and Canada make up most of the rest. There are even fewer diamond producers. In fact, four control about 65 percent of the market: De Beers, Russian producer Alrosa, and diversified mining companies BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. De Beers alone controls about 35 percent of the market, with Alrosa about 20 percent.

The Argyle diamond mine hardly needs an introduction. This Australian mine is known worldwide for its famous pink diamonds, but their colored diamonds only account for .01% of the total output. The mine is owned by Rio Tinto, and opened in 1985. As of early 2011, it had produced 750 million carats of diamonds, with 9.8 million carats in 2010 alone. What’s interesting about this mine is that it was originally an open pit mine, but as that part of the mine began to reach the end of its life, the company changed tactics and began underground mining. This extended the overall lifetime of the mine, keeping it on the list of top producing diamond mines.

The Diavik mine is one of the few operational diamond mines in North America. It is located in Canada’s north-west territories, and is the youngest of all of our top mines, having first opened in 2003. It is partially owned by Rio Tinto, a massive diamond mining company out of Melbourne, Australia. The Diavik mine is an open-pit operation, meaning that all of the diamonds (and the earth surrounding them, are removed from the mine through a large crater-like hole in the ground. In 2010, the mine produced 6.5 million carats of diamonds.

Aruvian's R'search brings an entire in-depth coverage of the 22 major diamond mines of the world in the research report Analyzing the Major Diamond Mines Worldwide. This extensive report covers comprehensive profiles of the diamond mines worldwide, which includes production data, location data, geographic data, and much more. The report also includes a brief profile of the global mining industry, the basics of diamonds, and the environmental legacy of the mining industry. Read on to the table of contents to see a complete list of the diamond mines profiled in this research report.

Table Of Contents

Analyzing the Major Diamond Mines Worldwide
A. Executive Summary

B. Introduction to Mining
B.1 One of the World's Oldest Professions - Mining
B.2 Techniques Deployed for Mining
B.2.1 Surface Mining - Strip, Open Pit, Mountain Top, Dredging
B.2.2 Sub-Surface Mining - Long Wall, Room and Pillar
B.3 Mining's Environmental Impact - The Major Culprits

C. Global Mining Industry
C.1 Industry Definition
C.2 Industry Statistics
C.3 Value and Volume Analysis
C.4 Industry Segmentation
C.5 Industry Forecast

D. Introduction to Diamonds
D.1 Overview
D.2 History of Diamonds
D.3 Material Properties of Diamonds
D.4 Formation of Natural Diamonds
D.5 Uses of Diamonds
D.6 Commercial Production of Diamonds
D.7 Emergence of Rough Diamonds
D.8 Establishment of the Kimberley Process
D.9 Importance of Marketing in the Diamond Industry
D.10 De Beers Importance in the Diamond Industry

E. Analyzing the Major Diamond Mines
E.1 Argyle Diamond Mine
E.2 Baken Diamond Mine
E.3 Bunder Diamond Mine Project
E.4 Catoca Diamond Mine
E.5 Cempaka Diamond Mine
E.6 Cullinan Diamond Mine/Premier Mine
E.7 Damtshaa Diamond Mine
E.8 Diavik Diamond Mine
E.9 Ekati Diamond Mine
E.10 Ellendale Diamond Mine
E.11 Finsch Diamond Mine
E.12 Fucauma Diamond Mine
E.13 Jericho Diamond Mine
E.14 Jwaneng Diamond Mine
E.15 Koffiefontein Diamond Mine
E.16 Kollur Mine
E.17 Letlhakane Diamond Mine
E.18 Letseng Diamond Mine
E.19 Luarica Diamond Mine
E.20 Merlin Diamond Mine
E.21 Mirny GOK Diamond Mine
E.22 Murowa Diamond Mine
E.23 Orapa Diamond Mine
E.24 Panna Diamond Mine
E.25 Snap Lake Diamond Mine
E.26 Udachny GOK Diamond Mine
E.27 Venetia Diamond Mine
E.28 Victor Diamond Mine
E.29 Williamson Diamond Mine

F. Appendix
F.1 Figures and Tables
F.2 Profiling the De Beers Group
F.3 Market Segments of the Global Diamond Industry

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