Conflict Free Diamonds, as wikipedia.org explains , are diamonds that have not been bought or sold with the financial benefit going towards war efforts in countries with civil wars taking place.
Conflict Diamonds, “Unsustainable diamond mining in Sierra Leone. Blood diamonds (also called conflict diamonds, war diamonds, hot diamonds, or red diamonds”) is a term used for a diamond mined in a war zone and sold to finance an insurgency, an invading army’s war efforts, or a warlord’s activity.”
Being that, Why is this so bad?
- The ring your fiance gave you was actually the reason a 17 year old boy was killed…. not conflict free diamonds.
- The diamond was used as payment for missiles used to bomb small towns. People struggling to keep their civil liberties…not conflict free diamonds.
You would be horrified to learn that your engagement ring had anything to do with the mistreatment of any individual, regardless of the backstory.
Meanwhile it is almost impossible to verify whether a diamond is in fact a conflict diamond and has had its value determined by the amount of arms it could be traded for, but in the United States it is much easier to rest assured that the diamond you buy today will have not been involved in any wrong doing. That being said…
The Kimberly Process was put into action for this reason.
The Kimberly Process was launched in 2003 and it requires participating states to set up an import and export control system for rough diamonds.
Any wholesaler and retailer are required to file and store these documents.
Correspondingly, wholesalers supply retailers with a contractual guarantee that the product they are being sold for inventory is conflict free.
From here on this vow is later passed down from the retailer to the consumer.
So, if you’re conducting business with a reputable jeweler, you can rest assured that the diamond you purchase will have had nothing to do with any conflict.
An added safeguard is knowing that the jeweler you are dealing with is part of the,
- JVC (Jewelers Vigilance Committee),
- DDC (Diamond Dealers Club)
- WFDB (World Federation of Diamond Bursars
- GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Certified, and
- Rated A+ by the BBB (Better Business Bureau)
Basically, you need to make sure the retailer, or wholesaler you’re working with is not selling you conflict diamonds and is legit and abides by the code of the Kimberly Process.
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