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Rio Tinto ups diamond production in Q3

Rio Tinto Group has announced that its diamond production for the third quarter of 2017 was higher than the third quarter of 2016.

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Rough patch for De Beers as eighth sales cycle dips to $370m

De Beers said its eighth sales cycle eased to $370 million from the previous cycle’s $507 million or $494 million, a year earlier.

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RJC and DMCC to collaborate on CSR and sustainability in jewellery segment

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work cooperatively on advancing their shared objectives of improving corporate social responsibility and responsible...

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Stellar disposes Guinea assets for $1,25mln

Stellar Diamonds said it has finally sold its Guinea assets for $1,25 million following an evaluation by the buyer, BDG Capital.

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Court thwarts Israeli diamond firm from exiting Zim before settling debts

Zimbabwe’s High Court has thwarted an attempt by Fuss Diamond, an Israeli firm to close its operations in the southern African country without settling its debts.

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A Fake Jerome and real diamonds?

17 february 2017
(polishedprices.com) - Mining Weekly reports that the Diamond Producers Association is lobbying for its advertising fund to be raised tenfold from $6 million to $60 million. The article refers to the fact that overtime De Beers had cut its marketing budget in half to $100 million before effectively stopping generic advertising, all one of the disastrous consequences of their Supplier of Choice strategy in 2001. My understanding is that De Beers no longer owns the ‘Diamonds are Forever’ slogan, which they transferred into De Beers LV or the jewellery business, instead we have got the Coke muse, about ‘Real’… who wants dreams to be real? In the FT it has been reported that Sotheby’s is suing to reclaim the proceeds of the sale for a painting of Saint Jerome that has subsequently proved to be a fraud. Lastly, I read this headline in Vogue, “This is your new source for conflict free ethical (and gorgeous) engagement rings”. It does not take a genius to guess that they are referring to Lab grown diamonds, or as the trade likes to use the pejorative term, synthetic diamonds. To me these three bits of news or information, which I presume bypass the fashion for fake information, though it is difficult to comprehend how anyone thinks raising advertising spend to $60 million, given the absence of coordinated generic advertising for so long, can make much difference.

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