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 De Beers said Tuesday it is adding five more companies to its list of sightholders for the current contract period but won’t be releasing their names until early next month, when they are “formally appointed to the list.”
Leaders from Antwerp and Russia inked an agreement in Moscow Wednesday that deepens the partnership between the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and diamond miner Alrosa. 
The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas continues to be a source of relatively large rough finds for visitors, including this 2.89-carat white diamond dubbed the “Jax Diamond,” which was unearthed by Brandon Kalenda last week. 
A 70-carat rough white diamond from the Diavik mine in Canada is among the lots that will be offered at Rio Tinto’s first tender of the year, which will take place in Israel and Antwerp.
After being deemed compliant by the Kimberley Process in November, the Ivory Coast will urge the United Nations to lift its embargo on the nation’s diamond exports at a meeting scheduled for next month, Reuters reported.
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