Diamond Supply Forecast Is Mixed Jewelers will probably see few shortages in diamonds under 1.5 cts. this holiday season, but high-quality diamonds in larger sizes may be harder to obtain. That’s the likely scenario, given the record low allocations to sightholders by De Beers’ Central Selling Organisation (CSO). CSO sales totaled $1.7 billion for the first half of the year, the lowest figure in more than a decade and a 41% drop from the previous year’s first-half sales. Dealer inventories of diamonds under 1.5 cts. are expected to ensure sufficient supply of smaller stones for the holiday season. Some manufacturers in the United States and elsewhere are starting to worry that the Draconian cuts in rough supplies are making it difficult to keep their factories open, but there have been few outward calls for the CSO to open its vaults once again. “There’s still a great

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