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How to become a licenced rough diamond dealer in Africa
Dear Mr Cuellar,
Firstly thank you for writing such an easy to read and informative book on diamonds and the diamond industry. This is something that I have always been interested in and your book has greatly expanded my knowledge and understanding of diamonds and the diamond industry.
However, I do have a question I am hoping you can help me with. As I said, I have always had an interest in diamonds, and I want to become a rough diamond dealer in Africa. I am Australian, my wife is Zimbabwean, and my wife’s brother has been doing this in Zimbabwe for a little while now, but these diamonds have come from the Marange site where villagers found a rich diamond deposit and subsequently started mining.
Therefore, they are not Kimberly Certified, so although my brother-in-law has quite a lot of knowledge in rough diamonds, they are still not legitimate, and he sells them onto other people in the capital city Harare.
We both wish to pursue this as a long-term career, and were wondering if you could provide us with any information on what is required and how to do it, in becoming a licensed rough diamond dealer in Africa, and in particular, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.
Basically, we wish to be able to do this in a long-term, sustainable manner that can satisfy any legal and moral requirements.
Any information and advice you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for giving your time to this letter, I look forward to hearing from you.
It’s not like there is a form I can send you that you can fill out and boom you have a license. It is very complicated process. Call my assistant and set up a time we can talk. Have a great weekend!
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