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Three Things the Diamond Trade’s Survival Depends On

According to Avi Krawitz at diamonds.net, the diamond industry is waking up to a new reality. Not only are the banks insisting on stricter compliance standards and pipeline integrity, but the largest mining companies and jewelry retailers are rapidly following suit. This is forcing the industry to rethink the way it conducts business so that ‘transparency, responsibility and sustainability’ are engrained in the ethos of the trade. 

It was therefore no coincidence those three concepts formed the central theme of the World Diamond Congress recently held in Dubai. “These themes run through all the challenges we’re facing as a global industry and also show us the way forward,” Ernie Blom, president of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), said in his opening remarks at the congress, a joint meeting of the WFDB and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA).

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4 Myths About Diamonds

Fiery and radiant, diamonds are fascinating. They are probably the most prized and popular gemstone in the world, symbolizing status and true, everlasting love. But there are also some curious facts and myths surrounding them. Diamonds are known not only for their beautiful appearance but also for their remarkable physical qualities.

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5 Jewelry Curse Stories: Diamonds Aren't Always A Girl's Best Friend

What does it take for a jewelry artifact, whether it be a single stone or a hoard of gold, to be declared “cursed”? Well, it seems the main ingredient is a populace with a very active imagination, and successive owners who are willing to carry on the legend even if they’ve escaped with all their limbs. Here is a great piece by JR Thorpe from Bustle about the 5 Strangest Jewelry Curse Stories.

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Diamonds make a woman weep and a man weak in the knees

In the 1953 classic Hollywood film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marilyn Monroe, gave a legendary performance. Clad in a bright pink ball gown and dazzling diamonds, she epitomised the significance of diamonds with her upbeat and seductive song: Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend. Since the 1950s, a diamond engagement ring has become the obsession of American women influenced by the advertising industries that combined desire with commerce and went onto to say, "Diamonds are forever." 

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