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KELOWNA, BC, July 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Diamcor Mining Inc. (TSX-V.DMI), (the "Company") an emerging producer of rough diamonds, announces the tender and sale of 3,123.32 carats of rough diamonds for total proceeds of $415,495.03 (US), or $133.03 (US) per carat on average, from the Company's Krone-Endora at Venetia Project (the "Project"). The rough diamonds sold were recovered in conjunction with testing and commissioning exercises performed on the expanded quarrying and in-field screening operations at the Project, which were very limited due to the significant delays caused throughout the quarter by the previously announced unusual rains. The Company estimates that approximately 50% of the rough diamonds sold were recovered from the re-treatment of previously processed -10mm material through the new expanded quarrying and in-field screening operations, with the remaining recoveries coming from the processing of new material up to only -12mm.
"I am very pleased with our team's ability to achieve these results given the significant challenges they faced during the quarter", commented Mr. Dean Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Diamcor, "The new expanded quarrying and in-field operations are more efficiently able to process the smaller size fractions as confirmed by the additional rough diamonds recovered thru the re-treatment of these previously processed materials. The overall dollar per carat achieved for these exercises certainly exceeded our expectations given that the challenging operating circumstances of the quarter were expected to result in a weaker, non-representative sample consisting of a greater number of smaller rough diamonds as compared to results expected during normal operations", added Mr. Taylor.
Despite the fact that no material above 12mm in size has yet been processed by the Company, of the 6,702.90 carats tendered to date, approximately 500 individual rough diamonds have been recorded at 1.0 carat in size or larger. The quantity, size frequency distribution, quality assessment, and initial price achieved by the rough diamonds recovered and sold to date continues to meet or exceed the Company's expectations. The Company's focus will now shift towards the processing of all materials, including those above 12mm in size. It should be noted that these testing recoveries, and sales, do not form part of the initial NI43-101 Technical Report filed by the Company in July 30, 2009, and thus no grade, price, or quality determination is intended by the Company due to the nature and purpose of the processing of this material.
About Diamcor Mining Inc.
Diamcor Mining Inc. is a fully reporting publically traded junior diamond mining company which is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol V.DMI, and on the OTC QX International under the symbol DMIFF. The Company has a well-established operational and production history in South Africa, extensive experience supplying rough diamonds to the world market, and has established a long-term strategic alliance with world famous Tiffany & Co. Rather than exposing itself to the high risks and costs associated with exploration, the Company's focus is on the identification, acquisition, and operation of unique diamond projects with near-term production potential such as the Krone-Endora at Venetia Project. For additional information on Diamcor, please visit our website at www.diamcormining.com.
About the Tiffany & Co. Alliance
As announced on March 29, 2011, the Company has established a long-term strategic alliance and first right of refusal with Tiffany & Co. Canada, a subsidiary of world famous New York based Tiffany & Co., to purchase up to 100% of the future production of rough diamonds from the Krone-Endora at Venetia Project at then current prices to be determined by the parties on an ongoing basis. In conjunction with this first right of refusal, Tiffany & Co. Canada also provided the Company with substantial financing to advance the Project as quickly as possible. Tiffany & Co. is a publically traded company which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TIF. Founded in 1837, the Tiffany name is now globally recognised as one of the premier luxury jewellery and specialty retailers in the world. Through Tiffany & Co. and various other subsidiaries, the company is engaged in product design, manufacturing, and retailing activities on a global basis. As of January 2013, Tiffany & Co. operated 275 stores and boutiques in the Americas, Japan, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United Arab Emirates, and also engages in direct selling through internet, catalog and business gift operations. For additional information on Tiffany & Co., please visit their website at www.tiffany.com.
About Krone-Endora at Venetia
In February 2011, Diamcor acquired the Krone-Endora at Venetia Project from De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited, consisting of the prospecting rights over the farms Krone 104 and Endora 66, which represent a combined surface area of approximately 5,888 hectares directly adjacent to De Beers' flagship Venetia Diamond Mine in South Africa. De Beers previously completed various exploration efforts on initial areas of interest comprised of approximately 307 hectares, a summary of which was reported in an initial Independent NI 43-101 Technical Report filed by the Company on July 30, 2009. The deposits which occur on the properties of Krone and Endora have been identified as a higher-grade "Alluvial" basal deposit which is covered by a lower-grade upper "Eluvial" deposit. The deposits are proposed to be the result of the direct-shift (in respect to the "Eluvial" deposit) and erosion (in respect to the "Alluvial" deposit) of an estimated combined 1,000 m (1 km) of material from the higher grounds of the adjacent Venetia Kimberlite areas. The deposits on Krone-Endora occur in two layers with an average total depth of less than 15.0 metres from surface to bedrock, allowing for a very low-cost mining operation to be employed with the potential for near-term diamond production from a known high-quality source. Krone-Endora also benefits from the significant development of infrastructure and services already in place due to its location directly adjacent to the Venetia Mine. Since acquiring Krone-Endora the Company has completed the construction and installation of extensive infrastructure at the Project, along with the installation of a purpose built modular processing plant, and extensive quarrying and in-field screening operations. Commissioning of the processing plant is now complete, and the Company's current efforts are designed to be a continuation of the ongoing advancement of the Project, and as part of the Company's final preparations in anticipation of a planned move to 24/7 operations in the near future.
Qualified Person Statement:
Mr. James P. Hawkins (BSc., P.Geo), is Manager of Exploration & Special Projects for Diamcor Mining Inc., and the Qualified Person in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 responsible for overseeing the execution of Diamcor's exploration programmes and a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta ("APEGA"). Mr. Hawkins has reviewed this press release and approved of its contents.
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