Laser Beams, Baggies, and Polymers

Since diamonds don't display chemical "clues" as to where they come from geologically, the other solution is to find a way to track the stones-electronically or otherwise. The industry's solution is for every rough diamond or parcel to be sealed in a plastic container that would be accompanied by a "certificate of origin" from the government of the exporting country. All imports and exports would be entered into a worldwide database. The World Diamond Council, the group that's tackling the issue, says this will create a "chain of warrants" to ensure that all diamonds entering the cutting centers would be "conflict-free." This system is far from airtight. Diamonds are easy to smuggle and conceal, which is why they're so hard to control in the first place. Smuggled diamonds could conceivably enter the system under the plan, although this would be illegal-an important distinction. Easie

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