Diamond Production

The economic activities of diamond producers and diamond-producing countries, their role in the value chain, and rough diamond sales.

What Is Diamond Production?

Diamond production is the set actions relating to the extraction of rough diamonds from sites all around the globe, and includes alluvial, open pit, and underground mining, as well as mining at sea.

Are Diamond Produced Wherever There are Diamonds?

For a resource to be developed into a mine, it first needs to be economical. Resources that produce only very low value diamonds, or that are very expansive to mine are not developed or mined. This means that there are many places around the world with known diamond resources that fall into this category.

What Issues Effect Diamond Production?

Consumer demand is the single most important force affecting diamond production. Changes in consumer demand are slow, but meaningful. Diamond production is also impacted by the cost of energy, weather, safety issues, and environmental concerns.

Each factor can lead to a complete halt in production.

What Countries Are the Biggest Source of Diamonds?

Currently, the leading diamond producing countries are:

  • The Russian Federation
  • Botswana
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Angola

In the past, several hundred years ago, India was the world’s largest source of diamonds. Then Brazil became the leading diamond producer until diamonds were discovered in southern Africa, and South Africa was the leading producer for many years.

What Companies Are the Largest Diamond Producers?

The leading diamond miners by value are:

  1. De Beers
  2. ALROSA
  3. Rio Tinto
  4. Petra
  5. Dominion

The following posts provide insights into how exactly this works, the ways miners sell rough diamonds, and the role production plays in the economies of producing countries.

For a deeper look into this topic, please see below:

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De Beers’ Market Share Falls in 2019, Hides a Surprise

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After a year of pains, and in the midst of one of the most complicated years since World War II, De Beers’ market share sank in 2019. Not only De Beers, but ALROSA, Rio Tinto, and Petra all lost market share.

The Golan Diamond Market Report – Q1 2020

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The Q1 2020 issue of the Golan Diamond Market Report reviews transaction polished diamond prices, changes in midstream inventory & demand, and updates on prices and demand in the LGD market. All that, plus an exploration of consumer attitudes.

The Golan Diamond Market Report – Q4 2019

The Golan Diamond Market Report Q4 2019

The Q4 2019 issue of the Golan Diamond Market Report reviews transaction polished diamond prices, changes in midstream inventory & demand, takes an in-depth dive in to the activity of the main diamond centers, with updates on prices and demand in the growing LGD market. All that, plus an exploration into consumer attitudes towards diamond jewelry and engagement rings, checking who is interested in LGD around the world.

This is How a Confusing Diamond Decade Played Out

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What’s happened between the time the diamond industry clawed its way out of the Lehman Brothers crises to the current slump? Some surprising findings about the value of freshly mined rough diamonds, global trade, and jewelry retail.

The Golan Diamond Market Report – Q3 2019

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After an extended period of stunted activity in the consumer, wholesale, and manufacturing sectors of the global diamond value chain, at the end of the third quarter, there are a few small signs of improvement. Following the deep decline in the second quarter of the year, US jewelry sales surprisingly picked up in July, although, cyclically, it is a month …

DRC: 3% of Artisanal Diamond Diggers Are Women

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Diamonds and gold are mined in some of the most remote areas of the world, some of which are completely off the radar. Few places are as remote as where alluvial mining is taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) northeast where women and men artisanal diamond diggers, some of who are extremely young, dig for these rare …

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US Diamond Trade: The Figures Reveal Oddities

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Diamond import and export figures can tell a story, and a good story sparkles with oddities. Good stories start with facts that raise questions. In this case, the question is why a consumer market would import eight times the amount of diamonds it consumes. Or how a country with no diamond mining might export more rough than it imports. Polished …

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Rough Diamonds’ Loopy Ride

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Two opposing trends arise from the steady series of diamond miners’ annual reports that have come out over the past few days: while rough diamond production increased, the average rough diamond price per carat decreased in 2017. With few exceptions, this resulted in a rise in sales volumes, and a decline in rough diamond sales revenue. There are many reasons …

KP: Production Value Plunges, China Caves, and Manufacturers Focus

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 A look at the recently released Kimberley Process (KP) figures for 2016 reveals several interesting trends affecting the global diamond industry. First is that the top five producing countries have lost some of their market share, fewer rough diamonds are going through China, and yet this is still a very concentrated industry from a country perspective. In some areas, it is …

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The Scary Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of

Growing Demand for Lab-Grown and the Scary Nightmares it Induces

For years the diamond industry’s outward attitude to lab-grown goods was that these stones were some sort of fake. Even the nickname given them expresses that disdain – “synthetics.” Yet underneath this expression of disrespect lies a deep sentiment, a real feeling that one can almost smell – a mixture of contempt and deep fear. Don’t balk because that fear …