Sofus Michelsen is a Graduate Gemologist, Master Gemcutter and instructor in rough diamond identification, grading and evaluation. He is Publisher of the The Michelsen Gemstone Index since 1983 and The Michelsen Rough Diamond Index since 1988. Owner and founder of The Diamond Institute, Inc. as well as an internet wholesaler www.sapphire-untreated.com established over 20 years ago to promote and market the world famous Yogo Sapphire found only in Montana USA.
The search for a million carats of diamonds in West Africa is an ambitious plan of Michelsen to locate these probable conflict diamonds and return them to the country of origin in order to raise funds and compensate the families who lost their lives, homes, limbs and possessions during the Liberian, Sierra Leone and Guinea violent conflict, flamed by the sale of rough diamonds to purchase weapons of death and destruction. Sofus claims there is also a good side to the trade in rough diamonds not always a bad one, but unfortunately the bad one seems to attract the most attention. He sais having rough diamonds in Africa is far more preferable than not having them at all, they just need to do it the honest and right way.
Sofus has lived in and or visited a number of African countries including The Republic of South Africa, Namibia when it was South West Africa, Lesotho when it was Basutoland, Swaziland, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Somalia, Egypt, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe when it was Rhodesia, Liberia and The Gambia. In addition he has also visited 28 other countries world wide. This is your opportunity to share and enjoy the journey with Sofus S. Michelsen.
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