Ethically Sourced Diamonds
At Diamonds In Africa we pride ourselves in providing you with only ethically sourced, conflict-free diamonds as monitored by the Kimberley Process.
The Kimberley Process was brought into existence in 2003 to certify the origin of rough diamonds. This was done to ensure that diamonds do not come from producers that use the proceeds of their diamond sales to fund rebel movements, often involved in wars and violence against legitimate governments recognised by the United Nations.
It is estimated that since the inception of the Kimberley Process, conflict diamonds have come to represent less than one percent of the global diamond trade, down from 15% in the 1990's.
Thus, in essence, this process has led to the reduction and halting of the illegal diamond trade and also the removal of conflict stones from the global market. Further results of the efforts brought about by the Kimberley process include: peace, prosperity, economic growth and improved human rights in many previously unstable countries.
Presently, the Kimberley Process has 49 members representing 75 countries; and it imposes various stringent requirements and regulations on its members in order to certify their diamonds as conflict-free.
As part of the certification process, these member states have to append or change their legislation and implement import and export controls to meet the set requirements. These requirements include, amongst others, that each shipment of diamonds have to be transported in secure and tamper proof containers, accompanied by a government-validated Kimberley Process Certificate.
Furthermore, member states can only legally trade in diamonds with other certified member states. Any country can become a member only if it is willing to implement the requirements of the Kimberley Process.
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