By  on May 1, 2018

De Beers last month launched a pilot program called GemFair, which includes an app that aims to ensure the ethical sourcing of diamonds in Sierra Leone.

Still haunted by the stigma of “blood diamonds” coming out of war-torn African nations, in which the sale of diamonds was used to fund civil wars and enrich warlords, or prop up autocratic regimes, De Beers is putting into the hands of small-scale, licensed miners in Sierra Leone tablets preloaded with the app. The software is designed to track a diamond’s journey at all stages, from source to consumer. It will show the GPS location of the gem at extraction, and proceed to make a record of the production process, with the assistance of QR-coded “bag and tag” equipment.

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