History of Antwerp diamonds since the beginning
Conflict diamonds are diamonds coming from regions in Africa where diamonds are sold on the black market to make money to bandits to buy arms to fight against the established authority.
Diamond Trade Sanctions on Cote d’Ivoire is extended for six months by the U.N. Security Council.
The Rapaport Group and the RapNet Diamond Trading
Network is implementing an immediate trading ban on all diamonds from
Zimbabwe due to severe human rights violations in Marange.
Import of rubies from Burma banned!
Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2008 banned the import of Burmese rubies and jadeite,
considered blood rubies and jadeite, effective since September 27, 2008.
Good news! Due to efforts to fight againtst blood diamonds whereas blood diamonds had an estimated 15% SOM in the 1990’s, by the Kimberley process adopted by 75 countries it is now estimated to have dropped below 1%