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    1. June 5, 2015

      The sparkle, radiance and appeal . . . of a synthetic stone

      Lab-grown or synthetic diamonds are having an impact on the natural diamond industry. While imitation diamonds in the...

    2. June 5, 2015

      A guaranteed diamond is forever

      If a jeweller could put a price on peace of mind, it might not be far off $10m. At least, that is how much De Beers has...

    Special Reports

    1. Watches and Jewellery

      Some of the biggest names in the hard luxury sector are seeing sales slow, as currency...
    2. Innovative Lawyers

      Many leading European law firms are reforming their offerings – the highest scorer in ...
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    1. April 23, 2015

      Anglo American cuts diamond production forecast

      Anglo American has cut its full-year diamond production forecast by 6 per cent after a weaker than expected first...

    2. FT Alphaville

      April 15, 2015

      Why deflation is not a girl's best friend

      The biggest news in diamond land is still April’s audacious heist of a Hatton Garden safety deposit company and the...

    3. April 3, 2015

      Diamonds: are far rarer

      Diamond miners who protest at being bunched together with other precious metal and resources mining houses have a...

    4. March 29, 2015

      De Beers toughens rules for diamond customers

      De Beers is making the biggest reforms in more than a decade to the way it sells most of its diamonds, amid concerns...

    5. March 19, 2015

      Industry waits to see if diamonds have lost their sales shine

      This month, the diamond industry takes stock after one of its most intense sales periods. The Chinese new year...

    6. February 13, 2015

      Diamond profit helps Anglo American amid commodities downturn

      Surging profit from diamonds last year brought some relief for Anglo American, which reported a $2.5bn net loss for...

    7. January 18, 2015

      How to set a value on the world’s rarest gems

      Intensely coloured — or “fancy” — diamonds have long fetched high prices at auction, but in recent years those prices...

    8. November 28, 2014

      Diamonds: miners’ best friend

      Diamonds may have been a girl’s best friend since the late 1940s, but Rio Tinto has only just seen the light. This...

    9. November 7, 2014

      Small miners are the key to more glittering prizes

      It is notoriously difficult to scratch the surface of a diamond – but what about the diamond market? A number of...

    10. October 30, 2014

      Anglo American slides as break-up hopes recede

      Those betting on an Anglo American break-up may soon be disappointed. Speculators have been buying Anglo ahead of a...

    11. September 19, 2014

      China luxury: diamonds in the rough

      Diamonds are forever, and the Chinese like to plan long term. This week, De Beers said 2013 was a record year for...

    12. September 17, 2014

      China propels diamond sales to record $79bn

      Chinese consumers’ growing appetite for gems propelled diamond jewellery sales to a global record of $79bn last year,...

    13. June 6, 2014

      The new engagement rings

      The traditional diamond engagement ring is more recent than diamond dealers and advertising campaigns might have you...

    14. March 26, 2014

      Six-second test weeds out fake diamonds

      When it comes to spotting synthetic or other fake diamonds, rigorous caution is the industry’s modus operandi. It has...

    15. January 26, 2014

      Petra packs more sparkle than diamond trade’s big boys

      Unearthing blue diamonds the size of quails’ eggs under the dry heat of the South African sun makes for a rattling good...

    16. October 28, 2013

      Alrosa: diamond in the rough

      How much is she worth? Apparently £1,500 is the average a British man spends on an engagement ring. Valuing the world’s...

    17. August 5, 2013

      Singular behaviour

      While working as a marketing executive at Weight Watchers, Sherri Langburt, single at the time, became increasingly...

    18. FT Alphaville

      July 31, 2013

      To catch an iron ore thief

      Nicholas Colas at Convergex offers some interesting insights on diamond deflation in his Wednesday note. First, he...

    19. July 8, 2013

      S Africa lays ground for mines deal

      As South Africa’s gold miners prepare crucial wage negotiations this week, Kgalema Motlanthe, deputy president, says he...

    20. June 30, 2013

      Firework display designer

      Hayley Maddin, Fantastic Fireworks Planning a firework display starts with meeting the client and discussing what they...

    21. June 8, 2013

      Make your own: Natural stones remain buyer’s best friend

      Since their creation in a New York laboratory almost 60 years ago, synthetic diamonds have divided the main sector in...

    22. June 7, 2013

      Highlights from this week’s Investors Chronicle

      Buy: First Property Group (FPO) Deals have been slow in coming, leaving the price static, but should now pick up and a...

    23. May 10, 2013

      Does art really sell product?

      It’s Frieze weekend in New York, which means that for the past two weeks the art-fashion love-in has been in full...

    24. April 25, 2013

      New diamond brokers: Well-connected middleman has evolved into savvy marketer

      For well over a century, diamond brokers were the people who helped diamond companies procure a regular flow of rough...

    25. March 22, 2013

      How to invest in diamonds

      According to Shirley Bassey they are forever, Marilyn Monroe sang that they were “a girl’s best friend” and Zsa Zsa...

    26. February 21, 2013

      Weak demand hurts New World Resources

      Weak demand for coking coal has pushed New World Resources, the FTSE 250 miner controlled by Czech billionaire Zdenek...

    27. February 19, 2013

      Botswana readies for diamond trade

      The glass bridges for long-haul aircraft at Gaborone airport are as yet unused by paying passengers. But while...

    28. January 20, 2013

      The iPad effect: How to unite physical and digital worlds

      While bricks and mortar boutiques and an emphasis on human contact would seem to be the perfect antidote to too much...

    29. January 14, 2013

      De Beers arm seeks to grow diamond atoms

      In a leafy corner of England a short drive from the Ascot racecourse, a team of researchers is engaged in perfecting a...

    30. Material World

      November 21, 2012

      High-jewellery brands a hot holiday acquisition

      Kate Hudson. Image by Getty Don’t you love a bit of alliteration? Say it 10 times fast. Or consider this: in holiday...

    31. November 16, 2012

      Harry Winston – Arctic ice

      Talk to me, Harry Winston, tell me all about it, Marilyn Monroe sang 60 years ago. Whether she received a response from...

    32. November 9, 2012

      Richemont secures its place on Fifth Ave

      Richemont’s acquisition of a prime retail condominium inside the St Regis New York hotel for the tidy sum of $380m...

    33. November 7, 2012

      Strikes reveal frustrations with unions

      Industrial unrest has put intense focus on mining companies and an industry that was built on the back of cheap, black...

    34. October 26, 2012

      Outsider who failed to break old guard

      Cynthia Carroll always had a lot to prove. When she came to Anglo American five-and-a-half years ago, it was dominated...

    35. October 26, 2012

      Cynthia Carroll resigns at Anglo American

      Cynthia Carroll has bowed to shareholder pressure by stepping down as chief executive of Anglo American after six years...

    36. October 23, 2012

      Luxury industry movers and shakers

      The lowdown: Beleaguered French luxury brand Cacharel has dismissed its chief executive of less than a year Pascal...

    37. October 5, 2012

      Rich seam

      In a world where diamonds are usually regarded as luxuries, their value to the people of Botswana is more fundamental....

    38. September 7, 2012

      Laboratory-made diamonds: Even the wealthy buy gems that are not the real thing

      A diamond may be forever, but what if it was formed just yesterday? Lab-grown diamonds, also known as cultured...

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