For many, many years, the pure beauty of diamonds had been mudded with the notorious consequences of violence and destruction, due to their non-ethical usage for war purposes that can bring nothing good, but quite the opposite. Fortunately, a great change in the jewelry world took place in the late 1990s, when a brand-new legislation was passed by the global diamond industry to increase the world’s awareness about the use of blood diamonds and reduce it as much as possible. With this act, a new blank page has been opened in the history of diamonds, a page that is still written in present day.
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AN INTRO TO BLOOD DIAMONDS
Conflict diamonds, popularly known as ‘blood diamonds’, appeared in the diamond industry more than a century ago (in the late 1800s), when the first diamond mines in South Africa were discovered. In those times of war, crime and blood, the many extraordinary characteristics of Southern African diamonds became more than interesting to be employed for these ‘activities’. The worst outcome of the greedy and unconscious usage of blood diamonds was that millions of African people, including many children, had been displaced, exposed to severe suffering or killed as a result of the illegal diamond activities.
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THE INTERNATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED REGULATIONS THAT PROMOTE CONFLICT-FREE DIAMONDS
The beginning of the 21st century is remembered as a very important period in the modern jewelry era, thanks to the introduction of several regulations that were passed in order to reduce and potentially eliminate the use and spread of blood diamonds. Here are some of them:
1. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS)
KPCS was officially approved by the United Nations in 2002, or more precisely, on March 13. This significant certification scheme was developed with the participation of few Southern African nations in the name of ceasing the illegal diamond sale all over the world. Therefore, each of the KPCS member countries that make part of this regulation needs to monitor the raw-diamond sale on its territory and to also participate in any regulation that labels its diamonds as conflict-free.
By far, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme has shown its efficacy and influence in the reduction of the illegal diamond sale, but it is still far from enough in completely winning this battle and entirely eliminating the illegal trade of diamonds. In other words, another additional regulation and stricter monitoring are needed to complete this important mission successfully.
2. The World Diamond Council
This council was formed in July, 2000. The World Diamond Council is, in fact, a very particular organization that has been created by members of the global diamond industry with the one and only goal – to create a functional tracking system for the export-import of rough diamonds that will successfully prevent the illegal diamond trade in potentially becoming a part of the legitimate one.
3. The Export and Import of Rough Diamonds Act
This act was passed by Canada, in December, 2002 as an act of supporting the KPCS policies. It brought the country the power to control the transit of rough diamonds across its territory, including exportation and importation.
4. The Clean Diamond Trade Act
Passed in April, 2003, the Clean Diamond Trade Act made the United States one more active participant of the KPCS policies. Even with this entire enhancement in stopping the illegal trade of diamonds in the industry, report numbers are showing that between 5% and 10% of today’s total diamond sale is still a result of illegal sources.
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HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE CHOOSING A CONFLICT-FREE DIAMOND?
Buying a diamond is an important purchase, especially when you want to buy it in the most ethical and environmental-friendly way possible. Take a look at the few tips on how you can ensure the very best conflict-free diamond selection.
- Opt for a synthetic man-made or laboratory created diamond. These diamonds are 100% conflict-free and they feature practically the same properties as their mined counterparts. The only difference between man-made diamonds and natural ones is the place they are coming from. Also, synthetic diamonds cost significantly less than mined diamonds.
- Another option is to purchase an already used diamond ring, which means either an estate one or an antique one. With any of the two alternatives, you can be pretty sure that you are getting a diamond stone that is precious and it has the lowest impact on the mining communities and of course, the environment itself.
- If any of the aforeementioned ideas does not really interest you, the last thing to do is to buy a brand-new diamond jewel. But here, an additional job is waiting for you in terms of resolving the mystery whether the stone is truly conflict-free or not. In this case, what you need to do is:
1. Ask the seller where the diamond you have chosen comes from.
2. Ask for a copy of the seller’s company policy on conflict diamonds.
3. Ask for a written guarantee that the diamond is conflict-free.
In case the seller refuses to provide you with any of these requirements, it means that this is absolutely not a safe place to make your purchase. But most importantly, do not get disappointed, because today’s jewelry market is getting enriched with more and more companies that work in accordance with the KPCS policies. Of course, Kobelli Jewelry is one of them too.
Also, keep in mind that most of the naturally mined and conflict-free diamonds in the world that are proven to be completely out of the illegal diamond trade, are diamonds coming from Australia and Canada.
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That is all we have prepared for you today. We sincerely hope that you enjoyed reading this article and you have pampered yourself with all the essentials about making your future diamond purchase a conflict-free one. Thank you for staying with us!
Written by: Liljana Tomova