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How one African mine produced a nearly 1,000-carat diamond stunner

When February 14 approaches each year, the thoughts of many Americans in love turns to diamonds. Nearly 20% of 2018 Valentines Day gift-givers plan to spend $4.7 billion on jewelry, up 9.3% from 2017, National Retail Federation survey data shows. The day that might be or might not be named for a saint named Valentine falls during the four-month period from November through February dubbed "Proposal Season" by The Knot, an online site that helps couples plan weddings. February accounted for 7% of the engagements in The Knot's 2017 Real Weddings survey. Valentine's Day:: Planning to pop the question? If it doesn't work out, who keeps the ring? Sticking with decades of recent U.S. tradition, 88% of the couples surveyed for the site's 2017 ...