Our Policy on Conflict-free Diamonds
Conflict diamonds are rough diamonds illegally traded by rebels to fund armed conflicts with legitimate governments. Though most of the conflicts that originally sparked public awareness of the problem in 1999 have ended (such as those in Sierra Leone and Angola), there are still a few trouble spots in Africa where conflicts continue and some diamonds may be involved. The Kimberley Process (KP), launched in 2002, regulates 99% of the rough diamond trade worldwide, through a system of import/export controls that prevents conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate supply chain. Key industry representatives, including Jewelers of America, worked with governments and human rights groups (often called non-governmental organizations, or NGOs) around the world to bring about this solution to the conflict diamond problem. KP is supported and mandated by the United Nations with 75 nations currently participating. Diamonds are meant to be a gift of love, and we at The Classic Gem abhor the way in which some gems have been used to fund conflict. To prevent the sale of conflict diamonds, governments, our industry and human-rights groups created the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in 2002, which today regulates 99% of the rough diamond supply.