The Blood Diamond movie worried dealers in the industry that, in a knee jerk reaction, sales might be adversely affected by the movies upon its release.
At a World Diamond Congress in Tel Aviv last week industrial diamond leaders were advised sale may undergo a decline when the Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Aniston movie about “conflict diamonds” being used to finance savage wars in Sierra Leone in which 50 thousand people were killed in a civil war, opened for release.
Industry leaders were quick to point out, however, that the situation has changed with the introduction of a new system certifying the original of legitimate diamonds. “The problem of conflict diamonds is practically over,” said Shmuel Schnitzer of the World Federation of Diamond Bours
The vast majority of all diamonds however are quite legitimate and come from well known standard sources, De Beers in South Africa are probably the biggest producers of diamonds, with Russia, Canada and the US coming close behind.
If you want to know where a diamond comes from you can ask the dealer or jeweler for a certificate of origination.
Of course you should always ask for a independent certificate to show the qualities of the diamond. The cut, color, clarity and carat weight are most important when it comes to assessing the value of a diamond.
And, apart from the dramatics, the diamond movie is a good movie to emphasis the cost of black market diamonds.