ALLOTMENT AND ISSUE OF ORDINARY SHARES TO A NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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19 Feb 2009

On 19th February 2009, the Share Scheme Committee of the Board of Directors of Gem Diamonds met and formally approved the allotment and issue of a second and final tranche of 72,332 Ordinary Shares in the capital of the Company ("Ordinary Shares") to Mike Salamon, a Non-Executive Director, on the terms set out in the Prospectus published by the Company on 14 February 2007. The Ordinary Shares will be subscribed for at a nominal value of US$0.01 each.

Application has been made to the FSA and the London Stock Exchange for listing and trading of the shares as at 20 February 2009.

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Gem Diamonds Limited

Andre Confavreux
Company Secretary
Tel: +44 (0) 203 043 0280