De Beers expects tighter Russian sanctions soon

Shining on: The existing sanctions by Western nations against Russian diamonds have largely been ineffective PIC.WWW.ETSY.COM
Shining on: The existing sanctions by Western nations against Russian diamonds have largely been ineffective PIC.WWW.ETSY.COM

Diamond giant, De Beers, expects the United States and other members of the G7 to tighten sanctions against Russian diamonds in the next few months. This is to stop the continued flow of revenues from Moscow’s stones into that country’s war against the Ukraine.

While the United States and a number of its allies sanctioned Russian rough diamonds last March, various data sets show that these continue to trade in the global industry as their origin changes once they are “significantly transformed” through polishing in Russo-neutral centres such as India.

Producers such as De Beers have stepped up their traceability and provenance systems, allowing retailers such as Tiffany’s to block Russian-origin jewellery. However, the existing technology has limitations both in terms of the sheer volume of polished stones being traded, as well as the fact that Russia’s diamonds are mainly the smaller variety. Russia is the world’s biggest diamond producer by volume, while Botswana is the biggest by value.


Editor's Comment
Khama should desist from dirty campaigns

However, as a newspaper, we want to raise few disquiets for the umpteenth time with Khama, of course, and remind him that the country that he is robustly de-campaigning is now feeling the pain of his harm. Batswana need Khama to use his conservationist credentials to good use and benefit a country that is working so hard to achieve the high-income status by diversifying its economy away from diamond reliance.Khama has played his part unobstructed...

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