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Diamond Portraits: Johannes Jacobus Jonker & Johannes Makani

Diamond Portraits: Johannes Jacobus Jonker & Johannes Makani

We have written about the Jonker diamond and some of its history a number of times. Yet parts of the story of this diamond were virtually never discussed. The 726-carat Jonker Diamond was reportedly found in South Africa on January 17, 1934 by Johannes Jacobus Jonker. One of the biggest rough diamonds ever discovered, it was originally sold for £75,000.

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September Market Report: Holidays & Bad Weather Lead to Slowdown

September Market Report: Holidays & Bad Weather Lead to Slowdown

Demand for polished diamonds in September softened overall. A combination of holidays and a trade show in Hong Kong, a city that was hit by massive typhoons, slowed down activity in the market. With a cyclical decline in retail activity among jewelry retailers, the good demand seen in August has declined too.

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Diamond Portraits: Mark Boston

Diamond Portraits: Mark Boston

In the modern diamond industry, there are several functions that go beyond diamond exploration, mining, polishing, wholesaling and retailing. Among them are financing, grading and marketing. Two additional areas in the industry are rough brokering and trade press coverage. The first, brokers, serve an interesting role. Rough diamond brokers have historically served as go-betweens between diamond mining giant De Beers and its select group of clients.

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Diamond Portraits: Victor Mayer

Diamond Portraits: Victor Mayer

Perhaps less known than other great jewelry designers with a strong business and entrepreneurial talent, Victor Mayer should none the less be recognized for the great contributions he brought to the European jewelry market in the early 20th century.

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Mercury Polished Diamond Prices: Prices Stable in August

Mercury Polished Diamond Prices: Prices Stable in August

After the July declines, polished diamond prices were flat in August. The Mercury Diamond Global Tracker™ (MDGT™) averaged 113.85 in August 2018, up 0.03% over July. This is not unusual behavior for prices in August, a period of limited activity between polished diamond wholesalers. Polished trade is generally very limited, as traders are on their summer vacations. Historically, prices fluctuate very mildly in August, and at times are unchanged.

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