THE DIAMOND INDUSTRY HAS INTRODUCED A SYSTEM TO HELP GIVE CONSUMERS REASSURANCE THAT THEIR DIAMOND IS FROM A CONFLICT FREE SOURCE.
Each time a rough diamond is traded across international borders, it is accompanied by a legally binding guarantee—on a government validated certificate—which certifies it is from a source free of conflict. This is called the Kimberley Process. Participant countries or diamond traders that do not comply with the Kimberley Process are breaking the law.
To make the diamond pipeline even more transparent, the international diamond industry and its members initiated a system of assurance to all purchasers, up to and including jewelry retailers, that the diamonds being sold are from sources free from conflict. This written statement on all invoices declaring that the diamonds are from conflict free sources is referred to as the 'System of Warranties'. Consumers should ask their retailer if they have this system in place. The World Diamond Council has been running a global campaign to request everyone in the diamond and jewelry industries adopt this system so that consumers can be assured that the diamonds they buy contribute to Africa's prosperity, not violence.
To view a Kimberley Process certificate and System of Warranties statement, visit the Conflict Diamonds section.
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