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What are “Blood Diamonds”?

Do diamonds play a major role in bloody wars around the world?

Conflict diamonds are diamonds illegally traded to fund conflict in war-torn areas, particularly in central and western Africa. The United Nations (UN) defines conflict diamonds as “…diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council.” These diamonds are sometimes referred to as “blood diamonds.”

In July 2000, the global diamond industry made clear to the international community its zero tolerance policy towards conflict diamonds. Dedicated to eradicating the trade in conflict diamonds, it worked closely with the United Nations, governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada to create the Kimberley Process Certification System. This system was formally adopted in 2003 and guards against conflict diamonds entering the legitimate diamond supply chain. The diamond industry also adopted a voluntary System of Warranties to assure consumers that their diamonds are from sources free of conflict.

Today, 71 governments have enshrined into their national law the Kimberley Process Certification System, and now more than 99% of the world’s diamonds are from conflict free sources.

The flow of conflict diamonds has been reduced to considerably less than 1%. Arden Jewelers buys diamonds only from companies that are committed to the Kimberley Process.

now more than 99% of the world’s diamonds are from conflict free sources

While diamonds have been used to fund conflict, the problem is not the diamonds themselves but the rebels who exploit diamonds (along with other natural resources) to achieve their illicit goals. The vast majority of diamonds come from countries at peace. These countries have been able to invest the revenue from diamonds into the development of infrastructure, schools and hospitals for the good of the communities in which diamonds are found. These countries include Australia, Botswana, Canada, Namibia, Russia, South Africa and Tanzania. Botswana in particular has been greatly helped by its diamond resources. The country’s health system and employment out look is substantially benefited by diamonds and a good government. When people stop buying diamonds, they really hurt the developing countries that are benefiting from the legitimate sale of diamonds.

We at Arden Jewelers have been knowledgeable of the conflict diamond issue for years. We work hard to make sure every diamond and gem is legitimate. We want our clients and friend’s jewelry to be a source of pride, not of guilt. We are serious about not helping the evil doers in our world, by buying diamonds from illegal or immoral sources. Thank you for your trust in our integrity and if you have any question just call or come in.

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