Are your diamonds conflict free?

18-March-2015
18-March-2015 11:59
in Engagement Rings
by John Titcombe

The diamonds we buy are bought within 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 organisation: it has no permanent offices or permanent staff. It relies on the contributions - under the principle of 'burden-sharing' - 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 Certification Scheme (KPCS) imposes extensive requirements on its members to enable them to certify shipment of rough diamonds as 'conflict-free'.

The Kimberley Process started when Southern African diamond-producing states met in Kimberley, South Africa in May 2000 to discuss ways to ensure that diamond purchases were not funding violence and to end the practice. The Kimberley Process (KP) participants are states and regional economic integration organizations that are eligible to trade in rough diamonds. As of November 2013, there are 54 participants representing 80 countries, with the European Community counting as a single participant. The participants include all major rough diamond producing, exporting and importing countries.

The diamond industry, through the World Diamond Council, and civil society groups (Global witness, Partnership Africa Canada) are also integral parts of the KP. These organisations have been involved since the start and continue to contribute to its effective implementation and monitoring.

Canadian Diamonds

An alternative option would be to choose a Canadian diamond. They come from a picturesque area in the Arctic Tundra of North Western Canada.

Canadian diamond are ethically mined keeping disruption to the surrounding areas as small as possible; they are also certificated and audited to verify the complete chain of each diamond, ensuring the best practices in the diamond industry. They also meet and exceed the requirements of the Kimberly Process ensuring your stone is conflict free.

Every Canadian diamond we sell comes accompanied with a certificate of authenticity which states the region and its unique serial number as well as a G.I.A. certificate and is laser etched on to the girdle of every diamond with both these numbers. We have a wide selection of these rare and special diamonds ranging from D-F colour, VVS-SI clarity, and we have them available in many shapes, with weights ranging from 0.25ct to over 1.00ct.

If you would like further information, you can call us in Cirencester on 01285 655 754 or Bristol 0117 973 3178, alternatively visit us at our jewellery stores in Clifton, Bristol or Cirencester.

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