The Diamond Purchasing Process and Its Flaws

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From Dirt to Distribution: The Diamond Purchasing Process and its Flaws
Gregory Greenberg
SCM 302
Sullivan University
Fall 2013

The diamond industry has often time been at the center of controversy due to the way that diamonds are excavated, refined and purchased. The term “blood diamond” is often applied to those stones which are mined in area’s of Africa that suffer from civil war due almost entirely to bloodshed over diamond mine rights. In response the diamond industry enacted the Kimberley Process in 2003. This process basically now requires all major diamond distributers to purchase diamonds from legitimate channels. This paper will discuss the process beginning at diamond excavation all the way to final distribution and the serious ethical issues and controversies that are hidden inside.

From Dirt to Distribution: The Diamond Purchasing Process and its Flaws In order to understand the process and appreciate the work and time that goes into diamond distribution it is best to start right off with a visual aid. The following is a step-by-step process from taking a diamond from dirt to distribution (Oriana, 2012):

Rough purchases Worldwide

Oriana Diamonds Surat polish factory

Weight Check and Sorting Varieties Head Loupe, Loupe, Lights, Scale

Sorting by purity and shape Head Loupe, Loupe , Light, Sieves

Separating each stone in individual packets

Blocking 4 Auto Blocking machines (Sahajanand) and Hand Blocking

Bruting by Machine/ Traditional Bruting 7 Ezi/Parth Bruters 1Laser Bruter

Check Laser Cut, Clean and Weigh Loupes, Metler Scales

Laser Cutting 4 Laser Machines (Raj, Sahaj, Photon, Sahjanand)

Plotting/ Planning/Mapping and Label Printing 10 Sarin/Ogi Machines and GIA Software

Cleaning and recheck

Remapping and analyze 10 sarin/ogi and…...

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