Revenue down at second sight of the year.
Manufacturers are split on whether small diamonds deserved such a sharp increase.
Stones that produce melee see second consecutive hike.
Demand slowed in fourth quarter as midstream inventories grew.
Miner garners $450 million in January cycle.
Smaller goods see increases, reflecting market split.
Miner finds 41 rough stones, including two specials weighing 15.27 and 12.37 carats.
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Customers “taking prudent approach,” miner says.
Strategic overhaul would enable De Beers-government joint venture to process diamonds other than Debswana’s.