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For investors looking for an alternative safe haven to gold, diamonds is an interesting choice. Demand for these gemstones continues to grow and, like gold, diamonds have been considered a store of value. Overall, diamond consortium De Beers expects growth in the global demand for rough diamonds to reach a new record this year, based on robust demand from China, India and other Asian emerging markets.
De Beers expects China, India and the Middle East to account for 40% of global diamond demand by 2015. The firm also expects that strong performance in the key U.S. market will contribute to that growth.
For portfolios, diamonds offer an interesting investment and have been one of the best-performing commodities this year, with rough diamond prices boosted by a dearth of new mines and increasing demand. However, gaining access to the market can prove difficult. Currently there is no diamond ETF, and the few private equity funds dedicated to the gem require major investments.