We appreciate your effort to make sure that you are buying ethically sourced gemstones. Craig Brady Fine Jeweler abides by all governing laws and regulations prohibiting the sale of diamonds known to have been illegally traded to fund violence and conflict. We fully support efforts to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate diamond supply chain. We require all suppliers and vendors to support the Kimberley Process. Although the Kimberley Process does not certify individual jewelers, reputable businesses only buy from suppliers that can guarantee that their diamonds are conflict-free and should be able to answer any questions you may have regarding the origin of its diamonds.
What are conflict diamonds?
Conflict diamonds, also known as “blood' diamonds, are rough diamonds used by rebel movements or their allies to finance armed conflicts aimed at undermining legitimate governments. These conflict diamonds constitute less than 0.1% of the world's production, according to estimates from the Kimberley Process (KP) and the United Nations. The KP is working with the United Nations and neighboring countries to stop these diamonds entering the legal market.
There is now much greater stability in the other countries that have previously suffered from conflicts funded in part by diamonds: Cote d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Angola, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The KP means that there is now the potential for the wealth created by diamonds to contribute to peace and prosperity in these countries, rather than conflict. In Sierra Leone, for example, legal exports have increased 100-fold since the end of the war in 2002, bringing benefits for the estimated 10% of the population who depend on the diamond industry. Of course, fragile situations still prevail, and no one should make the mistake of losing interest just because the guns are silent.
What is the Kimberley Process
The Kimberley Process is an international certification scheme that regulates trade in rough diamonds. It aims to prevent the flow of conflict diamonds, while helping to protect legitimate trade in rough diamonds. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) outlines the rules that govern the trade in rough diamonds. The KPCS has developed a set of minimum requirements that each participant must meet. The KP is not, strictly speaking, an international organization. It has no permanent offices or permanent staff. It relies on the contributions of participants, supported by industry and civil society observers. Neither can the KP be considered as an international agreement from a legal perspective, as it is implemented through the national legislations of its participants. The Kimberley Process (KP) participants are states and regional economic integration organizations that are eligible to trade in rough diamonds. The participants include all major rough diamond producing, exporting and importing countries. The diamond industry, through the World Diamond Council, and civil society groups (currently Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada) are also integral parts of the KP. These organizations have been involved since the start and continue to contribute to its effective implementation and monitoring.
Is it possible to say where a rough diamond is from?
A number of researchers are working on different analytical techniques that could enable them to determine where an individual stone comes from. However, to date, there is no scientific consensus on the best methods. The Kimberley Process relies on administrative controls to track stones from mine to export, and subsequent trading. The Kimberley Process (KP) is investigating the possibility of detecting anomalies both from 'footprinting' (study of the overall characteristics of production/exports) and 'fingerprinting' (identification of individual stones) and how these methods might strengthen KP implementation.
Where can I find more information on the KP?