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How To Avoid Buying Blood Diamonds




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On one hand, Diamonds can evoke thoughts of love, beauty, eternity, togetherness and marital unity. Their brilliance can ignite passions and remind us of the love we share for another. Their sparkle is just the perfect reminder of the love we share that never ends. We could go on and on about our beloved diamonds.


But on the other hand, there is a dark side to the diamond trade that has reared its ugly head and we must confront it. What am I talking about? I’m talking about Blood Diamonds. They have become the bane to an otherwise bright industry.


Q: What are Blood Diamonds?

A:  We provide a full explanation and definition of blood diamonds on the session entitled: Blood Diamonds - Get The Facts. You should read it to be crystal clear on what we’re dealing with. Blood diamonds are diamonds that have been illegally seized or mined through forced labor for the purposes of funding terrorist activities, civil wars, drug smuggling and money laundering operations by militia, anti-government and other criminally minded elements. 

Q: What is The Percentage of Blood Diamonds to The World’s Diamond Supply?

A: No one can give approximate or exact figures because we would be talking about monitoring every diamond mine in the entire world 100% of the time. And that simply is not possible!


The diamond industry, (in a self monitoring process) states that it was previously four percent and since the Kimberly Process was put in place, they state that blood diamonds represent only one percent of the diamond market. Consumer advocates tend to disagree with those conservative figures; they state that blood diamonds make up as much ten to fifteen percent of the world diamond supply.


Q: What is Being Done To Stop the Blood Diamond Trade?

A: Since blood diamonds are a worldwide issue, an international solution had to be found. At the behest of consumer advocates, countries involved in the diamond industry, joined together in an effort to address this crisis and came up with the Kimberly Process.


Q: What is the Kimberly Process?

A: The Kimberly Process Certification Scheme is an international certification scheme that regulates the trade in rough diamonds. Its aim is to prevent the trade in conflict diamonds, while helping to protect the legitimate trade in rough diamonds. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme outlines the provisions by which the trade in rough diamonds is to occur. The KPCS has developed a set of minimum requirements that each Participant must implement.


Q: What Are Kimberley Process Goals?

A: The goals of the Kimberley Process are to document and track all rough diamonds entering a participating country. The shippers agree to place stones in tamper-proof shipping crates and provide enough detailed information about their origins to prove they did not originate in a conflict zone and therefore are not blood diamonds.


Q: What Aren’t All Diamond Mines and Traders Involved In The Kimberley Process?

A: Mainly because the goals of the KPCS will take time to achieve. Many countries haven't even committed to the program yet for various reasons. Remember, this is a self-regulating program that that involves the cooperation of dozens of governments and non-governmental agencies on different sides of the world who speak different languages.


Q: What Can I Do to Help Stop The Blood Diamond Trade?

A: First and foremost, make sure that you are not buying any blood diamonds. Next, you can help by creating awareness by word of mouth. One simple yet powerful step is to e-mail this page to all of your friends.


Q: How Can I Know If a Jeweler Is Selling Blood Diamonds?
A: Simple, ask the jewelers, wholesalers and diamond traders for their guarantee. Read the Buyers' Guide prepared by Amnesty International and Global Witness for more details and make sure that you get a diamond certificate.



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