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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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Fact #1: An estimated 5 million people have access to appropriate healthcare globally thanks to revenues from diamonds.
Fact #2: Conflict diamonds have been reduced from 4% to considerably less than 1%...
Fact #3: An estimated 10 million people globally are directly or indirectly supported by the diamond industry.
Fact #4: The diamond mining industry generates over 40% of Namibia's annual export earnings.
Fact #5: Diamond revenues enable every child in Botswana to receive free education...
Fact #6: In July 2000, the global diamond industry announced its zero-tolerance policy towards conflict diamonds...
Fact #7: Sierra Leone is now at peace and exported approximately $125 million diamonds in 2006.
Fact #8: Approximately one million people are employed by the diamond industry in India.
Fact #9: Approximately $8.5 billion worth of diamonds a year come from African countries.
Fact #10: More than 99% of diamonds are now from conflict free sources...
Fact #11: The Diamond Development Initiative was established to improve...
Fact #12: The revenue from diamonds is instrumental in the fight against the HIV/AIDS...
Fact #13: Under the Kimberley Process, rough diamonds can only be exported and imported when accompanied by a certificate...
Fact #14: The charity Jewelers for Children funds a community based care program...
Fact #15: An estimated 65% of the world's diamonds come from African countries.
Fact #16: Today, 74 governments...
Fact #17: The diamond industry has introduced a system to help give greater assurances to retailers...
Fact #18: Diamonds account for 33% of the GDP...
Fact #19: Major world leaders - including Nelson Mandela - have cited the importance of diamonds...
Fact #20: It is estimated that one million people work in the informal (astisanal) alluvial diamond digging sector.
Fact #21: Some diamond producing countries are not Kimberley Process compliant.
Fact #22: In November 2007, 74 governments, leading NGOs, and the World Diamond Council agreed...
Fact #23: At the 2006 Kimberley Process Plenary, the industry committed funds and resources to address challenges...
Fact #24: In August 2007 Turkey was welcomed as a participant in the Kimberley Process.
 
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