The Diamond Channel only deals in conflict-free diamonds
Also known as blood or war diamonds, these stones are illegally traded to fund rebel fighters and insurgencies in war zones throughout Africa. By funding these diamonds, we ultimately support and prolong conflict in war-ravaged countries
Conflict diamonds not only perpetuate war, they also encourage the inhumane treatment of workers in the conflict diamond industry. Therefore, the buying and selling of conflict diamonds is illegal.
At the Diamond Channel, we only purchase diamonds from the largest and most respected suppliers who, like us, proudly adhere to and enforce the standards established by the Kimberley Process. Our diamonds are warranted to be conflict free.
If one of our suppliers was ever found to be in violation of that process, we would immediately sever that relationship. We will continue to support and promote any process that works to uphold legitimacy in the diamond trade.
At the Diamond Channel, we support the Kimberley Process, which is an International system to track and certify diamonds to ensure they are conflict-free. In April 2003, congress and President Bush passed a law adopting the Kimberley Process that requires all US diamond retailers to buy diamonds from manufacturers who have documentation warranting that the merchandise was obtained through legitimate channels.
Today, the US Customs Service actively enforces the Kimberley Process requirements as diamonds enter American ports. Prior to this the United Nations General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution supporting the creation of an international certification scheme for rough diamonds called the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS).
The document sets out the requirements for controlling rough diamond production and trade and was entered into force in 2003, when participating countries started to implement its rules. Now international shipments of rough diamonds must be accompanied by a KP certificate guaranteeing that they are conflict-free.
It’s comforting to know that about 99.8% of diamonds being traded on the market are now conflict-free. When shopping for diamonds you must ensure that the diamond retailers you are dealing with are registered with the KPCS and comply with industry standards.
Always ask a retailer for evidence of the Kimberley Process (KP) accreditation. If they can’t show you then you shouldn’t buy diamonds from them.