Last night, on July 23, 2014, customs officers at Horgoš border crossing point prevented an attempt to smuggle two natural diamonds, value of which is going to be determined after assessment.
The diamonds were discovered at the entrance to Serbia, when a Mercedes-Benz CL 500 vehicle, with Czech registration plates entered the “Nothing to Declare” lane. The driver was a citizen of Czech Republic, who travelled from this country to Serbia with his son.
Being asked whether they had anything to declare, both passengers declared only personal luggage. Nevertheless, the customs officers decided to conduct a detailed car search in cooperation with border police officers.
Among the passengers’ personal belongings, the officers discovered 2 (two) pieces of natural diamonds, processed to get two round-shaped brilliants, hidden in covers of a notebook bag.
Due to specific nature of the goods, it was not possible to determine the value of the goods before obtaining an expert opinion. Both passengers were handed over to the police for prosecuting criminal charges.
As a reminder, diamond is the hardest mineral on Earth, which is why diamond processing was not possible before 15th century. By that time, only rough stones were incorporated in jewelry pieces, and then it was discovered that a diamond could be cut using another diamond.
Raw and unpolished diamonds look like pieces of glass. However, they show all their beauty after being processed and facetted. The final shape of a natural diamond depends on faceting.
The most popular of diamond cuts are a round brilliant, although it is possible to cut a natural diamond to get another shapes, such as marquise, oval, pear, heart, etc.