Conflict Free Diamonds

You can be assured that at Diamond Emporium we are committed to supplying only non-conflict diamonds and have rigorous procedures for verifying the legitimacy of our diamonds. We make sure that every diamond we stock has been mined and processed in an environmentally and socially conscious manner and we source only from suppliers who uphold the same values.

With a continued commitment to supplying only diamonds in an ethical manner, Diamond Emporium adheres to and exceeds regulations outlined in the Kimberley Process and Patriot Act. We support all programs that encourage the development and regulation of the diamond trade with a view to ridding the world of conflict diamonds completely.

What are Conflict Diamonds?

Conflict diamonds, also known as blood diamonds, are diamonds that are illegally sold to fund hostile warfare, this process mainly exists in central and western Africa. The issue of conflict diamonds first gained global exposure in the late 1990s throughout the civil war in Sierre Leone. This brutal nine year battle was due to, amongst other reasons, the desire of insurgents to control the local diamonds mines as a means of wealth to help fund the war. Since then, the issue of conflict diamonds has been globally recognised and several measures have been put in place to ensure the ethically sound sourcing of diamonds; boycotting the countries that sell conflict diamonds and adhering to the standards of the the Kimberley Process and the Patriot Act.

Kimberley Process and Patriot Act

The Kimberley Process is an initiative that was launched in conjunction with the United Nations and the global gemstone industry to rid the market of conflict diamonds. The process aims to do this by enforcing all gemstone traders and suppliers to follow a single legitimate procedure that focuses on the ethical and environmentally sound sourcing of diamonds.

Today, 99.8% of the world’s diamond distributors adhere to the Kimberley Process and since it’s inception in 2002 the amount of conflict diamonds in the gemstone industry has decreased dramatically from 15% to less then 1%. For more details on the Kimberley Process click here Kimberley Process

The Patriot Act is an American law that was passed in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and grants US officials more power to monitor communications and trade between countries. Among the Act’s objectives is the prevention of laundering of money and high value gems.

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