5 Top Industrial Diamond-producing Countries

5 Top Industrial Diamond-producing Countries

While the average person is only familiar with diamonds in the context of jewelry, the world's hardest substance has applications well outside the world of fashion. Industrial diamonds, which are used to create super-durable cutting tools or abrasives, represent the majority of the diamond trade. Here's a look at the five top natural industrial diamond-producing countries for 2014.

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At this week's Canvest conference in Vancouver, John Kaiser of Kaiser Research shared his thoughts on the diamond market with the Investing News Network. Here's what he had to say about the threat of synthetics, long-term price prospects and the companies he likes.

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With 2015 nearly at the half-year mark, INN got back in touch with Yaniv Marcus to see if his forecasts have been accurate thus far. Interestingly, the diamond market has not had as easy a time as expected this year, with lower prices being a key issue.

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