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Big diamond finds harder to pull off

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: Hopes of finding a gem that can rival the US$20m White Cullinan Stone from South Africa is increasingly becoming a pipe dream.


DIAMONDS are so hard to find that explorers have pretty much given up trying.

More than US$7 billion has been ploughed into the hunt for the gem since 2000, according to top supplier De Beers, and the results have been meagre, with no major finds. That's led producers...