Category: Diamond

Posted in Diamond Health Methodology Mining Sustainability Synthetics

Lab-grown Diamonds: Sustainable Choice for Consumers?

Sustainability is one of the main arguments supported by synthetic diamonds manufacturers to promote their product as an alternative to mined diamond. Sustainability is perceived in terms of carbon footprints, ecology and social/human impact.… Read More

Posted in Diamond Methodology Resource Management Synthetics

Price Difference of Lab-created Diamonds from Natural Diamonds

Synthetic diamonds are chemically, physically and optically identical to earth-mined diamonds, but they are man-made with the use of advanced technology. There are two key methods for making synthetic diamonds, High-Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT) process and Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD).… Read More

Posted in Diamond Synthetics

De Beers’ move into synthetic diamonds

De Beers company, the diamond pioneer that has operated mines from the Arctic to South Africa, which has convinced the world that “a diamond is forever” and strongly believed that only mined diamonds are real and rare, is now getting into the lab-created diamond business.… Read More

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The Beast Below

And once every five years, everyone chooses to forget what they’ve learned. Democracy in()action.

The Eleventh Doctor, Doctor Who


The quote above is from the episode The Beast Below, from Doctor Who.… Read More

Posted in Business and Human Rights Certification and Transparency Civil Society Corporations Diamond Mining Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Resource Management Stakeholder State

The Rarest Diamond

It is estimated that there are only 30 red diamonds in the world, with each being less than half a carat. Its red color is due to an atomic deformity caused by extreme pressure.… Read More

Posted in Diamond Mining Resource Management

Resource Card : Diamond

Main regions of extraction : Botswana, Russia, Canada, Namibia, Angola, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Australia, Congo (in 2015)









Method of extraction : industrial or traditional

  • Pipe mining (primary deposits): open-pit mining, underground mining
  • Alluvial mining (secondary deposits)
  • Marine mining

Process of recovery :
1- Crushing
2 – Scrubbing
3 – Cyclonic separation plant
4 – Recovery
5 – Cleaned, weighted and packaged

Stakeholders : States, mining firms, luxury goods industry, customers, rebel armed groups, workers…

Key issues :

  • Conflict/blood diamond : human right abuses, labor conditions, child labor, violence, civil wars…
  • Kimberley Process : ignores some issues (human rights abuse, environment…)
  • Environmental costs : land and water devastated
  • Illegal mining
  • Traceability

Exchange rate : Mineral : Nasdaq OTC Bull : 0.0228 USD (+3.64%)

Other key words :
4 C’s : cut, clarity, color, carat weight
Synthetic diamonds
Ethical diamonds

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Posted in Business and Human Rights Certification and Transparency Civil Society Corporations Diamond Mining Resource Management Stakeholder State Trading

The Diamond as Big as Des Bergues

The Diamond as Big as des Bergues.
Erik Post

The Diamond in the Crown. Photograph by author.


Two desks and four security guards flank the lectern in the middle of the podium.… Read More