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World’s Top Diamond-Producing Countries

World’s Top Diamond-Producing Countries

The diamond industry pipeline starts with mining, then rough trading, manufacturing, jewelry setting and finally retailing. It may look like a short and efficient journey, however it is anything but that. In this new article series, the entire diamond pipeline will be presented from one end to the next, with facts and statistics on the issues it faces.

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Forging a Path Ahead for the Diamond Market

Forging a Path Ahead for the Diamond Market

Let us start by stating an unstated truth: The world has much less desire for gem quality diamonds. Consumer demand is shrinking and the $23 billion or so retail sales of yesteryear that the industry was used to are not taking place today. It is important to acknowledge that.

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What Your Diamond Budget Can Buy

What Your Diamond Budget Can Buy

Over the past few months, I have carefully detailed the value components of polished diamonds. These components – Color, Clarity, weight, shape and quality of workmanship – were presented and explained. I broke down the bearing of yield, and described how these different aspects interact in terms of impact on value.

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Tackling Debts & Fears in Today’s Diamond Market

Tackling Debts & Fears in Today’s Diamond Market

The closure of an Indian manufacturer and the large debts it left behind is probably the most important news of this week, followed by the trade show in Hong Kong. 

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Your Guide to Alternative Diamond Shapes

Your Guide to Alternative Diamond Shapes

After covering the main polished diamond shapes, it is worth taking a moment to discuss some less common and even esotericdiamond shapes. Some of these shapes, such as Baguettes, are fairly common and serve specific jewelry and setting needs. Others, like the Shield, are created to take advantage of an oddly-shaped rough diamond and turn it into something unique.

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The diamond industry pipeline starts with mining, then rough trading, manufacturing, jewelry setting and finally retailing. It may look like a short and efficient journey, however it is anything but t...
It might surprise people to know that there are only around 50 active diamond mines in the world. These mines never seem to be found on the outskirts of major cities. Instead, they are usually located...
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When I discussed fancy brown diamonds in last week’s article, I stated that unlike other fancy color shades that are extremely rare in nature, brown diamonds are plentiful and therefore command much l...
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 n...
A major diamond rush, located in Lüderitz (in the former German colony of Deutsch-Südwestafrika - German South West Africa) is among Namibia’s most famous diamond sites. In 1907, the Germen railroad w...
When most people hear about diamond mining, they think of South Africa, where diamonds were discovered in 1866 in the Kimberley region. A 15-year-old boy discovered the now-famous 21.25-carat Eureka D...
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