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What are conflict diamonds?
Conflict diamonds, also known as blood diamonds, are rough diamonds which are traded to fund rebel fighters and insurgencies against legitimate governments. The world became aware of these diamonds in the late 1990’s.
What are ethically sourced diamonds?
Ethically sourced diamonds go one step further than conflict free. Ethically sourced diamonds ensure safe working conditions, fair pay and no abuse of human rights.
Every diamond sold by Angelic Diamonds is conflict free and ethically sourced
The Kimberley Process
The Kimberley Process was established in 2003. It is an international certification scheme which regulates the trade of rough diamonds to eliminate the flow of conflict diamonds and protect the legitimate trade of rough diamonds.
The scheme has been very successful and has 56 participants that represent 82 countries, the European community counts as one single participant. All major rough diamond producing countries participate with the scheme.
All participants of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme must not only meet the requirements of the scheme but they must also only trade with fellow members of the scheme who also meet the fundamentals of the agreement.
The Kimberley process does not certify individual jewellers, however, we only source our diamonds from legitimate sources that adhere to the Kimberly Process rules. This ensures we know the legitimacy of all the diamonds we buy to ensure they have not been involved in any conflict funding.
Here at Angelic Diamonds we’re committed to ensuring each and every diamond we set is conflict free and has been ethically sourced.
Not only do we only source diamonds from suppliers who adhere to the Kimberley Process rules but we will also only purchase diamonds from suppliers who are DTC SightHolders. This means the companies have been selected by De Beers to cut, polish and distribute their mined Diamonds.
De Beers own the largest group of Diamond mines in the world and they have strict policies in place to completely avoid child labour, poor working conditions, and any criminal activity which is associated with conflict diamonds.
Ethical and Sustainable Precious Metals
Not only is it incredibly important to us that all of the diamonds we sell are ethically sourced but we also believe this should be the case for the precious metals we use.
The process of mining precious metals can be very harmful to the environment and surrounding community. With gold mines emitting harmful substances including Cyanide and Mercury which, if not dealt with carefully, can pollute nearby rivers.
An example of the harm which can be caused by these substances would be the fairly recent incident in January 2020 at a Romanian gold mine where a dam containing toxic waste material from the Baia Mare Aurul gold mine burst and released tons of cyanide tainted water into a major river. This resulted in the killing of wildlife and endangerment to the health of people.
To ensure that we are not contributing to any potential harm to either the environment or safety of people we only use 100% refined (recycled) precious metals.
Using only refined metal decreases the demand for precious metal mining and preserves the earth’s natural resources.
The process of recycling precious metals is actually fairly easy and they don’t lose any of their physical or chemical properties. The metal is as good as new but without the need for mining.