Washington — Passage of legislation to help American jewelers and consumers identify the country of origin of diamonds will be a priority in Congress this year, according to influential House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas (R., Calif.).

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The legislation is patterned on the global diamond identification initiative called the Kimberley Process and is designed to keep diamonds from being traded for arms to fight crippling African civil wars.