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De Beers Undergoes Overhaul

Behind every diamond engagement ring, every diamond earring, every glittering, multicarat expression of true love once loomed the shadow of De Beers, the cartel that controlled—and, some argue, created—the international diamond industry.

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Coeur d’Alene Mines newest silver project has found a home in a historic Bolivian mining district.
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