A diamond is a conflict-free diamond if its profit is not used to fund war, and it is mined and produced under ethical conditions.
Conflict-Free Diamonds are Traceable
The only way to certify a diamond as conflict-free is to trace and monitor the diamond from the diamond mine to the consumer. Simply banning conflict diamonds from war torn countries and assuming all other diamonds are conflict-free is naïve and ineffective. Conflict diamonds continue to be sold across national borders into the international diamond market as clean diamonds. Only diamonds that are part of a certified program, and can be traced from mine to consumer, can be conflict-free.
How To Avoid Purchasing Conflict Diamonds
First and foremost, as a purchaser of diamonds, it is important that you are aware of the source of the diamonds you purchase. Asking your jeweller, or rather demanding to know this information, can help assure that diamonds are no longer used to fund death and destruction. The certification used in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme will allow the jeweller who deals in diamonds to show their prospective clientele that they sell only legitimate diamonds.
The Kimberley Process is a voluntary system that places stringent guidelines on its participants, who account for 99.8% of the world’s diamond producers. There are 45 countries that are participants in the Kimberley Process, assuring the world’s diamond trade stays out of the conflict business, and that the proceeds from the sale of diamonds are not used to fund conflict and war.
Another group that is dedicating its time and efforts to stopping the illicit trafficking in conflict diamonds is Amnesty International. The Clean Diamond Trade Act which passed the United States Congress in 2003 followed the precepts of the Kimberley Process.
The conflict diamond issue is not an issue belonging to the other side of the world. It is one that touches the life of Americans. It is the consumer that ultimately will put a stop to this problem, and in order to do so, they must be aware of the laws and the Certification process, and insist that the jewellers that they deal with are in compliance. They must be careful to make sure that all transactions relating to diamonds are done with reputable jewellers. If your jeweller can not certify that a diamond you are considering is not a conflict diamond, it is time to take your business elsewhere.
At Platinum Diamonds we are the main source and therefore we can guarantee all our diamonds to be conflict-free, written guarantees validated by the United Nations can be provided. As we are manufacturers we control the whole supply chain from the mines to the end consumer.
We know where our diamonds come from, make sure that this is the first question you ask any jeweller, even if it isn't us!
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