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"single-channel marketing" system, as the company prefers to call it. "My belief", says Nicky Oppenheimer, "is that if the
Australians had signed a contract with us, the fall in prices that one has seen at the lower end would not have taken
place." A cautionary tale: quit, and suffer the muscle of De Beers. Stay, and the fantastic illusion is sustained.
De Beers’s executives, naturally, deny that there is an illusion at all. "I don’t think it is a bubble that can be burst," declares
Mr Oppenheimer. But they rely on curiously circular logic. De Beers insists that it does not keep diamond prices artificially
high. Diamonds, goes the argument, are special: they have a mystique tracing back to times of Indian maharajas and
Arabian princes; they are the hardest substance on earth; and "they simply sparkle more". In which case, why do
diamonds need De Beers and the CSO? Ah, comes the reply, we need to maintain price stability i...
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