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Russian diamond giant ALROSA says sold 2,040 carats at digital auction in April

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(Kitco News) - Russia's ALROSA, the leader of the world diamond mining industry, announced today that it has successfully sold about 95 percent of lots at its digital auction in April. Digital twin technology allows clients to analyze goods remotely and trace polished diamonds up to the mine, the company said.

The digital auction took place from 1 to 22 of April without physical viewings, 238 clients registered. ALROSA said it sold 142 lots weighing about 2,040 carats for $8.8 million. There were 27 winners from Belgium, Israel, India, UAE, Russia and USA.

"Digital auctions for large, special size diamonds proved their attractiveness for our clients last year. Apart from obvious benefits of choosing goods remotely while travel restrictions are still in place, they allow our clients to purchase rough for polished diamonds with guaranteed provenance. On client's demand ALROSA may provide a tracing for diamonds polished from rough that were bought at auctions using digital twins technology," commented deputy CEO Evgeny Agureev.

ALROSA added it had started piloting digital auctions in 2019 with regular goods, the first digital auction for special size rough diamonds took place in March 2020. Digital twin technology allows buyers to analyze key parameters of every diamond.

Buying goods at digital auction, client may build tracing chains, using cutting plans and polished diamonds' parameters, ALROSA explained. This data allows unambiguously linking polished gems to initial rough. ALROSA, in turn, verifies this information and adds it to the respective diamond's passport stored at the company's protected platform.

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