How to become a licenced rough diamond dealer in Africa

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Dee Doan Staff asked 2 years ago

Dear Mr Cuellar,
Firstly thankyou 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 want to become a rough diamond dealer in Africa. I am Australian, my wife is Zimbabwean, and my wifes 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 becomeing 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. Thankyou for giving your time to this letter, I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours Sincerely,
Larry Ferrier

1 Answers
Dee Doan Staff answered 2 years ago

Hi Larry,
Its 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 Claudia (my assistant) and set up a time we can talk. Have a great weekend!

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