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The layoffs include more than 1,500 jobs at De Beers as the company scales back diamond production for 2016.
De Beers has ceased operations at its Snap Lake mine and will take the next year to determine if mining there is worthwhile given the drop in demand for diamonds.
The huge rough diamond, which was discovered last month at a mine in Botswana, still is in the process of being evaluated.
Two companies are paying $7.2 million to buy the Kimberley Mines, a site where diamond production has been taking place since the 1870s.
The large diamond finds continue, with mining company Petra Diamonds recovering a 23.16-carat pink and Lucara coming up big again with an 813-carat white diamond.
De Beers and its diamond brand Forevermark have launched their call-to-action advertising campaign that is designed to increase consumer demand for diamonds across the board this holiday season. 
The Diamond Producers Association announced this week that it will be working with advertising agency Mother New York to figure out how to make diamonds appealing to the younger generation.
The Type IIa stone is the second-largest gem-quality diamond ever recovered, and the biggest find in more than a century.
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