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236 carat fancy-colored diamond breaks records

The Ebelyakh mine in Yakutia has yielded a number of remarkable colored diamonds in the past several years, including this newcomer. A 236 carat yellow-brown crystal which is the largest colored rough diamond ever extracted in Russia.

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RESOLVE and DDI merge to advance Responsible Sourcing

RESOLVE, an early pioneer in the area of environmental conflict resolution, and the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), responsible for facilitating more efficient, formal and environmentally responsible approaches in the African diamond mining sector, will integrate their programs to strengthen their efforts going forward.

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Diamond miners & producers going carbon neutral

Several years ago industry giant DeBeers went on-record with plans to go carbon-neutral at some of its mines by 2022. Now nine of DeBeers' sightholder-producers are pledging to work toward the same goal of carbon-neutrality.

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Trapiche gemstones and Carmel Sapphire

Have you ever heard of “trapiche” gemstones? Those elegant six- pointed stars, so unique, so rare, so peculiar, such as emerald-beryl, ruby-corundum and sapphire-corundum, garnet, tourmaline and chiastolite? What about Carmel Sapphire, never found before on the whole terraqueous globe

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Three cheers for America’s red, white and blue gemstones

Right now there are delicious hot-dog, hamburger, steak and brisket barbecues occurring across the USA. There are potato salads, crisps and coleslaw. There's corn on the cob and baked beans. I am inspired to mark America's birthday with the sparkle of three American gemstones, all local to the USA, in her three patriotic colors.

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What’s 150,000 times more rare than diamond?

An extremely rare variety of beryl which gets its red color from trace amounts of manganese, the Utah Geological Survey estimated that one crystal of red beryl is found for every 150,000 gem-quality diamonds. In 2006 the Jewelers Association designated red beryl as the world's rarest colored gemstone.

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The French Blue, a story of travel, treasure and diamonds

Just imagine - a humble mapmaker’s son travels the ancient world, discovers fantastic treasures, rescues a damsel and rises to the highest levels of French aristocracy. If you don't know the story, “The French Blue" is a terrific read for true-lovers of diamonds, gemstones, travel, excitement and romance. 

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A foto-feast of four delicious diamonds

Four of the most magnificent diamonds in recent years have come from the same Lucara-owned Karowe Diamond Mine in Botswana in recent years. I thought to assemble a visual feast of delicious rough and how they polished. My sparkling smorgasbord even includes both light and dark meat.

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Rough diamond sales go digital

Rough sellers are partnering with technology providers to facilitate digital-scans, videos and potential polishing plans for rough diamonds to their customers. Originally intended to facilitate pre-selection of choices ahead of traditional tenders, remote-purchasing has now become an option.

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Learn about Eira Thomas, Queen of Diamonds

Courtesy of The New Yorker earlier this year, "The Woman Shaking Up The Diamond Industry" is a thoroughly composed, thoughtful and uplifting story of history, intrigue, discovery and achievement - definitely worth an hour of your time.

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