The Importance of Conflict-Free Diamonds
At Master Jewelers, we understand that our customers care where their diamonds come from and we share that concern with you. Every diamond we sell is certified conflict-free, assuring you that our inventory was procured through legal sources. The diamonds we sell have been obtained using legitimate means.
Conflict-free diamonds are those gemstones which were not obtained in association with human rights abuses, child labor, violence, or environmental degradation. Although the United Nation’s Kimberley Process only covers diamonds under the control of legitimate and recognized governments, conflict-free goes one step further by rejecting diamonds from governments that trade in diamonds to finance their conflicts.
Throughout the 1990s, most of the world’s diamonds came from Africa, particularly regions undergoing civil unrest. Rebel armies in parts of Africa were exploiting alluvial diamond fields to fund their wars against established governments, putting people and the environment in the middle of their conflicts. Alluvial diamonds are found just inches to a few feet below the surface, making them easier to mine, but having an adverse impact on the environment. The people working these fields were often very young and subject to exploitation, with some losing their lives or becoming permanently maimed as wars raged around them. Hence, the term blood diamonds came into being to describe these types of gems.
Since May of 2000, a system known as the Kimberley Process was enacted to provide proof to our vendors and suppliers that these diamonds cannot and do not enter the United States under any circumstances. Master Jewelers upholds to the highest standards of business and holds our vendors and suppliers to the same strict standards. We only do business with vendors and suppliers who comply with the Kimberley Process and United Nations resolutions pertaining to conflict diamonds. We will never purchase or trade with any dealer that does not provide proof that they adhere to the Kimberley Process.
Your concerns are our concerns. That is why we choose uphold the highest standards when it comes to conflict-free diamonds. Not only will you get the best custom ring design around, but you can rest assured that your diamonds have been purchased with the highest ethics.