The first step in a diamond commodity chain is locating the diamonds themselves. Diamond exploration is very costly and requires a large amount of money and time.These diamonds are often hard to find and can be found all over the world, ranging from the tropics to the arctics. Most of the diamonds used by the De Beers company, come from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Canada. De Beers used many advanced tools and experts to find the diamonds. Locating a mine of diamonds begins by following a trail of trace materials that may be brought up by insects or animals. Once these trace minerals are discovered, they are analyzed to see whether a find at that site is likely to happen. If it is, then the diamond mining begins.
A social impact of diamond exploration is somewhat two-fold. On one hand, diamond exploration takes people all over the world searching for diamond mines. This can force them to invade the lands, homes, and lives of people who live near potential diamond sites. This invasion can be seen as negative because it is causing a disturbance to those who are just trying to live their lives. On the other hand, this collision of cultures can help to promote learning, education, and opportunity for those living near potential mining sites. Increasing transportation, funding, and people to these regions can have a positive impact by improving the lives of the people who live there.