Here at Kennington Jewelers we take pride in buying only conflict free diamonds for our store. You’ll be proud to wear your custom Kennington Jewelers jewelry knowing that expert craftsmanship and attention to detail carries with it our respect, obligation, and support of conflict free diamonds.
What does it mean to be part of the Kimberly Process for conflict free diamonds?
Many of us have heard and are aware of the atrocities surrounding diamond mining in countries like Sierra Leone, Angola, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In many ways, the word “conflict” barely scratches the surface in the struggle for power surrounding the production of “blood diamonds.” Since the Kimberly Process began in May 2000, the production and distribution of “blood diamonds” has diminished significantly. Today, “blood diamonds” make up only 0.1% of the diamond market.
The Kimberly Process, named for the first meeting place for the movement against conflict diamonds in Kimberly, South Africa, started when diamond producing states in South Africa came together to quell the surge of diamond sales financing rebel movements who’s goal were to undermine and/or overthrow their local governments. Fifteen years later, 54 participants representing 81 different countries are part of the Kimberly Process. Their continued efforts are reshaping the diamond industry for miners, distributers, and retailers alike.
There are strict requirements dictating what is considered a “conflict free” diamond and are outlined on the Kimberly Process’ website. You can read through it here.
For more information on the Kimberly Process, feel free to visit their site at www.KimberlyProcess.com