China’s Lab Grown Output hit by Coal Shortage

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China's Lab Grown Output hit by Coal Shortage
President Xi Jinping

China’s production of lab grown diamonds is down by as much as 15 per cent as the country battles a desperate shortage of electricity.

A reduction in output by the world’s largest lab grown producer could bump up prices in the weeks before Christmas.

China is responsible for around 3m carats a year of the 7m carats lab growns produced globally in a year.

But the power-hungry industry has been hit by coal shortages as President Xi Jinping tries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Liu Houxiang, a consultant at the National Gemstone Testing Center, told Bloomberg News output of jewelry-grade gems was down by 10 per cent to 15 per cent in October.

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