An open platform
De Beers is collaborating with technology and industry leaders to ensure the platform is inclusive and meets the needs of all users. During this development phase, key considerations are being addressed, including the protection of commercially sensitive data, streamlining processes at various stages of the value chain, and providing further assurance for those that finance the industry.
Once fully established, it is anticipated that the blockchain will operate as an open platform, on top of which a range of applications that benefit the industry can be built.
Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group, said: “Diamonds hold enduring value and represent some of life’s most meaningful moments, so it’s essential to provide assurance that a diamond is conflict-free and natural. By leveraging blockchain technology, we will provide an additional layer of assurance to consumers and industry participants, with every diamond registered on the platform having a record as everlasting as the diamond itself.
“We are very excited about this initiative and the benefits it could deliver across the diamond value chain, from producers through to retailers and consumers. We look forward to continuing to engage with industry stakeholders as we progress development of the platform over the coming months.”
To learn more about the diamond blockchain initiative, and to sign-up to receive updates on its development, please visit www.diamondblockchaininitiative.com.