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Will Indonesian diamonds shine on the global market?

Local entrepreneur wants to restart mining operations in Cempaka

Local resident shows the mining site at Cempaka Diamond Mine in South Kalimantan, Indonesia. (Photo by Jun Suzuki)

BANJARMASIN, Indonesia -- Cempaka Diamond Mine in southern Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo, is seen by some experts as one of the richest diamond fields in the world. A 166-carat stone and a rare blue diamond were discovered there in the past.

But with the halt of large-scale mining halted due to environmental and other problems, local people now engage in traditional methods of diamond hunting.

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