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Where are the profits?

Where are the profits?

Upon reviewing the Mercury Diamond Index for Polished Diamond Prices below, you will see that prices are currently around the same level as they were in early 2010. Polished prices demonstrated an overall increase and the index rose from 116.7 in February to 121.5 in May of 2010. Prices then fell back a little only to increase again, and the year-end index reached 129.3. From start to end, prices increased by an average of 17.6%.

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Too Much Supply, Not Enough Demand: Worrying Trends in the Consumer Diamond Market

Too Much Supply, Not Enough Demand: Worrying Trends in the Consumer Diamond Market

We know that prices of smaller polished diamond goods, 0.30-0.99 carats, have been rising lately in response to improved demand. The rough diamonds that yield them weigh 0.60-2 carats. We also know that the increase in demand is mainly for rounds, at the expense of other shaped diamonds. Further, the demand is coming mostly from the US consumer market, which is mainly interested in HIJ color, SI-I clarity goods.

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Top 10 Largest Diamond Mines by Diamond Reserve

Top 10 Largest Diamond Mines by Diamond Reserve

In the last two decades, much has been said about an impending demand vs. supply imbalance in the diamond industry. Huge mines discovered over the past 40 years are nearly mined out, some argue, and no significant new discoveries have been made to replace them. But over the past few years, diamond production has remained fairly consistent, at around 130 million carats per year. The most recent large mine discoveries have been in Canada, with the Gahcho Kue mine being the largest. This mine is set to produce around 5 million carats per year. But how does this compare to other big diamond mines in the world? Let’s find out by looking at the top 10 largest diamond mines ever discovered, in terms of measurable reserves according to JORC standards.

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