Diamonds is a facinating subject and are "a girl's best friend" and a
"man's pain in the pocket". There are many crooks in this business and one has to
be very careful. We are able to purchase legal quality gems in any carat with official
certifcates from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
In the past 7 years we established a good reputation in West Africa and have contacts
with all governments. This position we cherish and when we do business it has to be
transparent and fair for all parties involved. In 2006 we activated 3 small-scale mining
operations in Kono and Bo. We can offer 60/40 participations from $25'000 onwards concerning
average 1 acre concessions producing approx 50 carat each.
The best stones came from Liberia (embargo) but
Sierra Leone has the lead. Guinea has the biggest resources but has not yet been developed
properly. The advantage in those countries is that the stones are reasonably surfacial,
so one does not have to dig deep. That is why there are so many small scale miners and
even more small traders. But number one is to deal with reliable parties and to have proper
security. There is only one way to do this properly and that is through the legal system
with official documents.
The carat price of diamond varies with stone quality and size. For example a diamond
weighing 2.5 carats and another weighing 10 carats will be priced differently per carat
just because of that difference in their sizes. Also a pure 3 carats stone will be more
expensive in price than a burnt 8 carat stone per carat. What we learn from above examples
is that only when we are in the presence of the miners/dealers we will determine at what
price per carat we will buy each stone or a parcel of diamonds.
As a guide stones rage in sizes from 0.03 carats to about 20.0 carats per single stone.
Common sizes are always between 0.2 to 5.0 carats single stone. Various factors that
affect the price apart from the size - the clearity, purity, etc. - and one needs to
know all these things before even thinking of starting a diamond business. These factors
affect the buying prices and also the selling price!
You can always call us for a consultation at:
+232-76822971 or +224-60282837 or +224-60344827
or just e-mail us AT WILLEM TIJSSEN.