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An index that tracks the price of diamonds like the NASDAQ 100 follows the largest non-financial companies is slated to launch in the near future, with a diamonds-as-investment vehicle potentially not far behind. 
The last of the checks in the De Beers class-action lawsuit settlement should go out in the next couple of weeks, and the case--which began more than 10 years ago and initially was settled in 2008--should be closed by year’s end. 
Two smaller mining companies recently reported that large, exceptional rough diamonds recovered from their mines in Africa have sold for millions. 
Mining company Lucara Diamond Corp. reported that its first tender of big and “exceptional” rough diamonds garnered a total of $24.9 million, or $30,468 per carat. 
Diamond prices will rise by an average of 6 percent annually through to 2020 due to constrained supply not being able to meet rising demand from China and India, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Edward Sterck. 
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