A conflict diamond, often referred to as a blood diamond, is a diamond mined from a war zone country. Most people in these areas are suppressed and enslaved into mining diamonds, the money from this is used to fund corruption and terrorism in the country. It is a horrible and vicious cycle that has cost many lives in areas of Africa such as The Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Angola. By being aware of where your diamonds come from, and refusing to buy conflict diamonds, you can help end such terrorism and corruption.
The Kimberly Process Certification Scheme was launched by the United Nations in an effort to eradicate conflict diamonds. This process marks the source of all diamonds being sold in order to ensure that they are not financing terrorism in politically unstable countries. Because of blood diamond awareness more than 99% of diamonds are now from conflict free sources and traded under the UN-mandated Kimberley Process. As a consumer, by actively asking jewellers where the diamonds come from, you can make sure that the conflict diamond trade is prevented.
Some of the questions you should ask your jeweller before buying a diamond:
• Does your company have a conflict diamond policy?
• Where do the diamonds you sell come from?
• How can I be sure that none of your jewellery contains conflict diamonds?
Clogau Gold, and other reputable jewellers, have a Conflict Diamond Policy in place to assure customers that their diamonds are purchased from legitimate sources and follow the regulations of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. Most jewellers have the policy on their website which will allow customers to read their jeweller standards for purchasing diamonds. Jewellers should have the paperwork to prove they do not sell blood diamonds. The paperwork should include the mining information and details outlining where exactly the diamonds are from. The following statement is an example of what a company’s diamond policy should follow.
“The diamonds herein invoiced have been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with United Nations Resolutions. The undersigned hereby guarantees that these diamonds are conflict free, based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the supplier of these diamonds.”
As a responsible consumer you are also encouraged to create awareness by encouraging people around you to purchase only conflict free diamonds.