Seminal reading on Diamonds

  • The Diamond Development Initiative
    “A unique effort to address the problems faced by the millions of artisanal diamond diggers and their families, in Africa and South America.”
  • Diamonds by Ian Smillie
    “Diamonds brings together for the first time all aspects of the diamond industry. In it, Ian Smillie, former UN Security Council investigator and leading figure in the blood diamonds campaign, offers a comprehensive analysis of the history and structure of today’s diamond trade, the struggle for effective regulation and the challenges ahead. There is, he argues, greater diversification and competition than ever before, but thanks to the success of the Kimberley Process, this coveted and prestigious gem now represents a fragile but renewed opportunity for development in some of the world’s poorest nations. This part of the diamond story has rarely been told.”
  • Journey through the Value Chain
    “Unprecedented insight in the complex dynamics of [the diamond] industry. The resulting document is widely acknowledged as an invaluable tool in understanding how the global diamond industry works.”
  • Moral Clarity and the Diamond Industry be Martin Rapaport
    “The great risk that we ourselves will destroy our precious diamond and jewelry industry by not properly regulating our internal ethical and moral behavior.
    While it may not be politically correct for me to raise the issues that I write about in this report, I have no choice. My memory of standing in a Sierra Leone amputee camp in 2000 and promising myself ‘never again’ will never go away. And so I make this effort to communicate my concern and dire warning that if our trade does not seriously address the moral issues related to our supply chain we will forfeit the right to earn our livelihood from diamonds.”
  • The Clarity Project
    “Clarity Project provides fairly sourced jewelry to bring you the confidence, elegance and impact you seek in your commitment to creating a better world.”
  • Dirt to Dollars by Louis Pearl G.G.
    “Have Loupe Will Travel!”
    You will be hard pressed to find a more fascinating, entertaining rough diamond blog anywhere else.
  • Martin Rapaport: Fair Trade – An End to Exploitation
    “Where does stuff come from? Are we responsible for it? What do we do about it? Martin Rapaport makes a passionate case for how our choice as consumers offers a solution to end the exploitation.”