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Gemfields emerald auction achieves $19m

Gemfields sold $18.6 million worth of emeralds at its Lusaka, Zambia auction in August, as the miner noted signs of recovery in the Indian market.

“We are pleased that the…recovery in the emerald sector first observed at our May…auction [has] continued to grow,” Adrian Banks, Gemfields’ managing director of product and sale, said last week. “The Indian market, which is particularly important when it comes to commercial-quality emeralds, and which has been navigating challenging conditions for some time, appears to have turned the corner, and we hope will continue to go from strength to strength.”

The sales was the largest in the last two years achieved by the company for commercial-quality emeralds from its Kagem mine in Zambia. In total, 34 companies placed bids, the highest number of businesses that have participated in any of the miner’s auctions for similar-quality stones, Gemfields noted.

A total of 74% of the lots on offer were sold at the Lusaka sale. To date, the company has garnered $608 million from 33 auctions of commercial-quality emeralds since 2009.

Courtesy - Rapaport News

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