In addition to the arms-for-stones deals, rebels in Sierra Leone especially are using gruesome tactics such as amputation to control the civilian population as they fight to control the country’s diamond mining areas.
While industry estimates place the number of “conflict” stones at about 4% of the total diamond marketplace, and the industry is racing to implement a tracking system to eliminate all such stones from the market, there is a lot of publicity surrounding the issue.
Today there is a real likelihood that an average jeweler, anywhere in the United States or the rest of the Western world, will face questions from their own customers or the media on this issue. The JCKGroup.com presents a summary overview of the issue, a comprehensive archive of all conflict diamond articles that JCK has published in the past three years.@jckmagazine
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