Conflict Diamonds

Conflict “Blood” diamonds are rough diamonds that are traded illicitly by rebel movements in many parts of West and Central Africa to purchase arms and fund brutal military campaigns.  These insurgent groups perpetrate violent atrocities and human rights violations against innocent civilians and prolong civil wars. Conflict diamonds captured the world’s attention during the extremely brutal conflict of Sierra Leone in the late 1990s.  During this time, it was estimated that conflict diamonds represented approximately 4% of the world’s diamond production. Today, the flow of conflict diamonds has been reduced to considerably less than 1%.

 

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme is an international, voluntary system that bans the trade of Conflict Diamonds and imposes extensive requirements on Participants to certify that shipment of rough diamonds are free from Conflict Diamonds.   Today, more than 99% of the world’s diamonds are now from conflict free sources and are officially traded under the UN mandated Kimberley Process.

 

I fully comply with the United Nations backed Kimberly Process Certification Scheme and refuse to use conflict diamonds.  I also ensure all our suppliers provide us with written guarantees, ensuring they do the same.