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Technology in the Diamond Industry: Mining

Technology is changing the way companies search the Earth for diamonds. Many of these new technologies are still in development, and their application in diamond exploration has not been fully implemented. Not so when it comes to new technologies in diamond mining and extraction. Some exciting new machines have come along in the past few years that are helping miners to improve efficiencies in diamond liberation and in worker safety, and to get more value out of each tonne of rock they process. Let's have a look at some of these new developments.

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Technology in the Diamond Industry: Rough Sorting

Unlike in some sectors of the diamond industry, rough sorting and price evaluation are still largely done by skilled people examining the diamonds. Walk into any rough diamond sorting room, and you will find a few standard tools that are used almost universally to assist in classifying rough stones. In the past few years, however, new technology has been developed that is helping automate rough sorting, especially for smaller diamonds that are laborious to sort manually. 

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Technology in the Diamond Industry: Exploration

In today's information age, technology is at the center of almost everything we do. From the food we eat, to the cars we drive, and yes, even to the diamonds we wear, technology is rapidly changing the way we do things. Despite the past decade of unprecedented advances in technology, there is no sign of things slowing down, and it's anyone's guess how we will be doing things in even five or 10 years. Although our industry still clings to many of its long-held traditions and values, technology is impacting all elements of our industry, from exploration to retail. In this next series of articles, we will take a look at some of these game-changing new developments to see how far we have come, and explore where we might be going.
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From Private Jets to EasyJet: The Changing Face of the Diamond Consumer

​It used to be that most diamonds were sold to the jet-set, a globetrotting group of people that included tycoons, captains of industry, royalty, Hollywood actors, and the like. Buying a high-cost diamond necklace or ring was an expenditure that they could easily manage financially, so it was almost a no-brainer.

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The Top 10 Most Creative (and Outrageous) Products Made with Diamonds - part 3

 From golf clubs to tea bags and pacifiers, designers continue to find new applications for diamonds to bring an added bit of posh into the everyday experiences of their clients.

Here is the third part (read here part 1  and here is part 2) of a list showing some of the most interesting ways that designers are incorporating diamonds into their product lines, transforming ordinary objects into luxury items. 

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