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    1. 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 week, the...

    2. 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 smaller...

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    1. Innovative Lawyers

      Many leading European law firms are reforming their offerings – the highest scorer in ...
    2. Watches and Jewellery

      The hard luxury industry has been challenged by tumultuous events in a year it would r...
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    1. 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 seminar...

    2. 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 diamond...

    3. 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,...

    4. June 6, 2014

      The new engagement rings

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

    5. 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 good...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. August 5, 2013

      Singular behaviour

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

    9. 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 points...

    10. 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 is...

    11. June 30, 2013

      Firework display designer

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

    12. 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 which...

    13. 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...

    14. 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 swing....

    15. 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 stones...

    16. 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 Gabor...

    17. 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...

    18. 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 international...

    19. 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 time...

    20. 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 new...

    21. 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 time,...

    22. 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 the...

    23. 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 marked a...

    24. 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...

    25. 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 by...

    26. 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 in...

    27. 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...

    28. 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....

    29. 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 diamonds,...

    30. September 7, 2012

      Oppenheimer’s fixer who sidestepped sanctions

      How do you run a multinational based in a country that has had UN sanctions slapped on it? Few knew better than Gordon...

    31. August 27, 2012

      ‘Supercycle’ fears weigh on mining groups

      Anglo American set the sombre tone. Falling prices and rising costs enfeebled the mining group’s businesses in the first...

    32. August 17, 2012

      Shifting ground rocks diamond industry

      Antwerp’s Square Mile is an assortment of tired office blocks and shops. Groups of men talking business congregate in the...

    33. August 16, 2012

      Anglo takes full control of De Beers

      Anglo American said on Thursday it had taken control of diamond miner De Beers following the completion of a $5.2bn deal to...

    34. July 29, 2012

      Anglo American – in at the deep end

      Anglo American’s problems run deep – literally. Platinum mining in South Africa’s deepest mines is costly and dangerous...

    35. July 20, 2012

      Soft demand for diamonds hits De Beers

      De Beers, the largest producer of diamonds globally, said its earnings halved in the first half of the year, as softening...

    36. Material World

      July 2, 2012

      Did Picasso make music? And other reactions to fashion fine jewellery

      In the course of reporting the piece about the rise of fashion branded fine jewellery (along with menswear, it’s seen as the...

    37. June 1, 2012

      Diamonds sparkle despite Graff IPO failure

      The collapse of Graff Diamonds’ Hong Kong flotation has done little to dent the upbeat mood of the biggest gathering of the...

    38. April 26, 2012

      Dassault Systèmes to acquire GemCom

      Dassault Systèmes, Europe’s second-largest software company by revenues, plans to acquire Canada’s GemCom, which provides...

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