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Miners use shovels and sluicing equipment to search for diamonds near the Vaal River in South Africa.
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Historical Reading: The Diamond Fields of South Africa: Part 2 (1893-2014)

Within a few years of their discovery, the diamonds deposits of South Africa produced more diamonds than had come from India in two millennia.

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An early black and white photo that shows deep trenches dug into the ground in the search for diamonds. Ladders and ropes help the miners excavate and traverse the mine.
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Historical Reading: The Diamond Fields of South Africa: Part 1 (1868-1893)

The discovery of diamonds in South Africa in early 1867 marked the start of an historic period of diamond exploration.

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A truck travel the circular roadways of the large mine.
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US Consumer Confidence Remains Strong; Alluvial Diamond Tracking and Illegal Gold

US consumer confidence has kept the economy from sliding into a possible recession. Plus: Sustainable trends for diamonds and gold.

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A pile of rough diamonds.
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US Government to Industry: Know Your Supply Chain; De Beers and Alrosa Cut Rough Sales

De Beers and Alrosa slashed rough diamond sales after ABN AMRO’s says it will no longer finance rough purchases for goods that can’t be cut profitably.

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Six different shaped red and pink diamonds lined up in a row.
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Bank Suspends Credit for ‘Unprofitable’ Rough Diamonds

De Beers and Alrosa slashed rough diamond sales after ABN AMRO’s says it will no longer finance rough purchases for goods that can’t be cut profitably.

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People meet and mingle at the entrance to the JCK Show.
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Headwinds Slow 2019 Vegas Business, Lab-grown Diamonds Proliferate

Decent demand for finished jewellery, but less for loose gems. Plus: Lab-grown diamonds and responsible, sustainable business practices.

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A wide choker-style necklace of a row of emeralds with rows of diamonds above and below the emeralds.
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Spring 2019 Auctions: Premium Prices for Historic Pieces

Gemstones and jewels with historical provenance are bringing the best prices at the spring 2019 auctions.

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The entrance to the GemGenève show featured a large graphic wall.
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Trade Hopes for a Bright 2019 Vegas Show

All eyes are on the upcoming jewellery sales events in the US – the Luxury and JCK shows in Las Vegas – as business slows down in other parts of the world.

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The ring is designed with a wavy strip of black diamonds in the center framed on each side with colorless diamonds set in a ruffled edge The earring are crescent shaped with black diamond on the inside framed by colorless diamonds in a ruffled edge.
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GIA Researchers Look Inside Black Diamonds

Black diamonds are striking in jewellery. GIA researchers report on the unique properties used to identify black diamonds and the potential treatments.

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A model holds a large cut-corner square diamond with three fingers.
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De Beers Ups Supply; US Federal Trade Commission Warns About ‘Eco’ Claims

DeBeers responds to fluctuations, and the FTC issues warnings on laboratory-grown diamonds. Plus: 302.37 ct Graff Lesedi La Rona is revealed.

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