U.S. synthetic diamond imports 2007-2015

Imports of synthetic diamonds into the United States from 2007 to 2015 (in 1,000 carats)*

U.S. synthetic diamond imports 2007-2015 This statistic depicts imports of synthetic diamonds into the United States from 2007 to 2015. In 2015, 270 million carats of synthetic diamonds were imported to the United States for consumption.
Synthetic diamonds

In 2015, there were 270 million carats of synthetic diamonds that were imported into the United States. Exports out of the United States have increased since 2007 from 102 million carats to 133 million carats in 2015. However, production in the country has mostly decreased. In 2007, the U.S. produced 130 million carats of synthetic diamonds through primary production and 17.6 million carats of synthetic diamonds through secondary production. In 2015, primary production had decreased to 119 million carats and 31.9 million carats from secondary production.

Synthetic diamonds are artificially produced, often in laboratories. Two of the most common production methods are through high-pressures and high-temperatures as well as through the formation of crystals through chemical vapor deposition, generating the names HPHT diamond and CVD diamond, respectively. Worldwide, some 4.38 billion carats of synthetic diamonds were produced in 2015, a slight decrease from the 4.42 billion carats in 2007. Although the United States is one of the top producers of synthetic diamonds, China outranks the rest of the world by a significant volume. China produces some 4 billion carats of synthetic diamonds annually. Synthetic diamonds are often used as abrasives, as part of cutting and polishing tools. New applications for these materials have also been developed, for examples, as high-power switches at power stations and as light-emitting diodes. It can also be used as detectors for ultraviolet light and high-energy particles, essential in certain research facilities.
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Imports of synthetic diamonds into the United States from 2007 to 2015 (in 1,000 carats)*

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Import in thousand carats
2007403,000
2008486,000
2009243,000
2010591,000
2011721,000
2012591,000
2013724,000
2014679,000
2015270,000
Import in thousand carats
2007403,000
2008486,000
2009243,000
2010591,000
2011721,000
2012591,000
2013724,000
2014679,000
2015270,000
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This statistic depicts imports of synthetic diamonds into the United States from 2007 to 2015. In 2015, 270 million carats of synthetic diamonds were imported to the United States for consumption.
Synthetic diamonds

In 2015, there were 270 million carats of synthetic diamonds that were imported into the United States. Exports out of the United States have increased since 2007 from 102 million carats to 133 million carats in 2015. However, production in the country has mostly decreased. In 2007, the U.S. produced 130 million carats of synthetic diamonds through primary production and 17.6 million carats of synthetic diamonds through secondary production. In 2015, primary production had decreased to 119 million carats and 31.9 million carats from secondary production.

Synthetic diamonds are artificially produced, often in laboratories. Two of the most common production methods are through high-pressures and high-temperatures as well as through the formation of crystals through chemical vapor deposition, generating the names HPHT diamond and CVD diamond, respectively. Worldwide, some 4.38 billion carats of synthetic diamonds were produced in 2015, a slight decrease from the 4.42 billion carats in 2007. Although the United States is one of the top producers of synthetic diamonds, China outranks the rest of the world by a significant volume. China produces some 4 billion carats of synthetic diamonds annually. Synthetic diamonds are often used as abrasives, as part of cutting and polishing tools. New applications for these materials have also been developed, for examples, as high-power switches at power stations and as light-emitting diodes. It can also be used as detectors for ultraviolet light and high-energy particles, essential in certain research facilities.
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