1. Akon owns a diamond mine in South Africa. He has gone on record to say that his diamond mine, however, is dedicated to avoiding the use of blood diamonds.
2. There are two diamond industries: one dealing with gem-grade diamonds and another for industrial-grade diamonds.
3. Over 100 tons of synthetic diamonds are produced each year. They are used for skin exfoliant, saw blades for cutting asphalt and marble, among other tools.
5. This 1982 article says that diamonds are actually really bad investments.
6. As 2013, there have been over 3 million deaths attributed to conflict diamond mining.
7. Ian Smillie resigned from the Kimberley Process because even he, one of the key architects of the group, felt the Kimberley Process was ineffective to prevent conflict diamond mining.
The Kimberley Process has been confronted by many challenges in the past five years, and it has failed to deal quickly or effectively with most of them: smuggling and fraud in Brazil, and issues of even greater importance in Côte d’Ivoire/Ghana, Guyana, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and now Guinea and Lebanon… in the case of Venezuela, we have effectively condoned diamond smuggling – the very thing we were established to prevent. – Ian Smillie
9. About 49% of the diamonds in market circulation today are from Central and South America.
12. Namibia’s diamond exporting is roughly 40% of their annual earnings.
13. A percentage of revenue from diamond exporting goes to help organizations fight AIDS.