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1. There is generally a good mood in the entire diamond pipeline, something I haven’t seen in quite some time. From top to bottom, diamond miners are reporting an increase in income and production, as well as a rise in rough diamond prices.
I feel as though I’ve written a fair number of “large rough unearthed” stories in recent months, so many, in fact, that I began to wonder: Has this been an unusually active year for finding rough diamonds that are 100 carats or larger?
The difficulties of acquiring a regular supply of rough diamonds and credit from the banks, shrinking margins and the lack of global generic marketing, these are some of the issues addressed by International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) President Maxim Shkadov in this interview.