From Prospecting to Jewellery: The Story of the Botswana Diamond Pipeline

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Michael C Brook


In this paper I describe the different components that make up the Botswana Diamond Pipeline today –
being the supply chain of diamonds, ranging from diamond prospecting to mining, to diamond processing
and recovery, to rough diamond sorting, valuation, sales and marketing, to diamond polishing and cutting,
and finally to diamond jewellery manufacturing and retail. In Botswana, we can now truly witness the
journey of the diamond from ‘Rough to Finger’ or from ‘Mine to Store’ as illustrated in Figure 1 below.

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