I have been following the progress of international efforts to curtail
the sale of “conflict diamonds” from Africa. I am appalled, as I know
you are, how the sale of rough diamonds has been used to fund civil
wars, and in the process, the killing and/or mutilation of innocent
women and children.
My intent, in writing this letter, is to applaud your council on it’s
response. You have been appropriately reactive and proactive in
providing information on this issue. The Diamond industry has been a
victim of this problem, as well.
I am hoping that by next year or the following year, I will feel
comfortable with purchasing a diamond pendant or bracelet for my wife
and receiving a legitimate certification of origin.
Keep up the good work,