Masisi worried about growth of lab-grown diamonds


President Mokgweetsi Masisi has made his feelings clear that he is concerned about the growing threat of synthetics or lab-grown diamonds (LGDs).

Masisi, whose country Botswana produces gem quality stones, added the synthetics have rapidly gained ground in the market posing both challenges and opportunities for the industry.

“At first glance, the rise of LGDs may seem like a formidable challenge to the natural industry. However, the key to maintaining a thriving market for natural diamonds lies in effective segmentation and marketing,” he told a Facets conference held in Gaborone last week.

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