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A sorter works at a table lined with sorted piles of diamond rough.
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Diamond Producers Aim for Lower Qualities in Today’s Market

The average value of rough diamonds mined last year took a sharp drop, while demand has trended toward smaller stones and lower qualities.

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Miners, working in a row along a body of water, use hand sieves to sift gravel.
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International Group Sets Sights on Sustainable Gemstone Mining

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reviews issues on sustainable mining practices and increasing returns for artisanal miners.

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Pyrope Garnet and Montana Sapphires Highlight Winter 2015 G&G

G&G Brief presents an overview of the content of the Winter 2015 issue of Gems & Gemology.

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Fall 2015 G&G: Trapiche Emeralds, Synthetic Diamonds and a Large Diamond Source

G&G Brief presents an overview of the content of the Fall 2015 issue of Gems & Gemology.

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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 what had come from India in two millennia.

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A Sunstone Odyssey, Part 2: The Dust Devil

The "Sunstone Odyssey" series continues with a visit to the Dust Devil mine, a source of rough for many award-winning faceted gems and carvings.

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Karyna Sena stands in front of a sapphire mine near Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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Designer’s Love of Brazil – and its Gems – Shines in Every Piece She Creates

Karyna Sena, a third-generation gem and jewelry professional, infuses the rich tapestry of Brazil – and her joie de vivre – in each of her designs.

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A close-up image of a pile of rough diamonds.
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Ups and Downs of 2016 Make for an Uncertain 2017

The diamond industry was slow to recover in 2016 and colored gems got a welcome shot in the arm. Mixed signals leave no clear indicators for 2017.

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Jewelry Sales Stay Flat for Season; High End Beats Trend

Retail had reasonable upturn during the holidays − but jewelry sales failed to grow. Plus: Diamond mining companies reconsider development projects.

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Is Another 1,000 (or 3,000) Carat Diamond Around the Corner?

Find out why the number of very large diamonds entering the market has increased sharply in the last few years.

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