Where Are All the Diamonds Coming From?

When you shop for diamonds you will see a vast selection at many jewelers. In fact, there are so many fabulous stones in which to choose, you may wonder where all these great diamonds are coming from. Most come from a legitimate source but not all. In fact, some have a dark story behind them and it is important to know this story before you shop loose diamonds or diamond engagement rings.

Blood Diamonds

Blood or conflict diamonds are mined in parts of the world that are experiencing civil war with factions trying to overthrow governments. Precious stones are mined and sold and the proceeds are used to purchase weapons of war. Most conflict diamonds are coming from Africa. In fact, seven countries on the continent have been involved in civil war as of late. Even though the stones are not sold legally, not long ago they represented about four percent of all the diamonds sold in the world.

Four percent does not seem like a large percentage but it is much more than most people realize. In fact, a group of rebels in Angola received more than three and one half billion dollars in illegal sales of diamonds. These militant groups get most or all of their funding from diamond sales and that is why it is so important that blood stones be boycotted.

Human suffering

“Conflict stones” is just a term but it means much more to many people in Africa. Thousands of innocent victims of civil war suffer because of the illegal diamond trade. In fact, many people have been enslaved by military groups and forced to work at mines under the most harshest and brutal of conditions. Men, women, and children, have no modern mining tools and many must dig with their hands into river bank mud and rock, and the rebels care nothing for the well-being of their slave labor force. They see them as a disposable asset.

Kimberly Process

In May of 2000, states in Africa that produce diamonds got together to do something about the horrible injustices surrounding illegal sales of diamonds. They were intent on putting a stop to this process once and for all.

In December of 2000, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to create an international scheme for certifying diamonds in the rough. After two years of negotiations between the international diamond industry, civil society groups, and governments, the Kimberly Process was created. It has strict requirements for certifying the origin of rough diamonds shipped from Africa.

Every diamond shipment must contain information on the origin of the stones, exactly where they were taken from and who cut them. All parties involved must be listed and the eventual destination of the shipment also. Countries that have joined the Kimberly Process will not be allowed to do business with countries that are non members.

Doing your part

When you shop for diamonds, check to see if the jeweler offers only conflict free stones. The best jewelers maintain a zero tolerance policy on blood stones and you can be assured that you are getting quality stones from legitimate sources.

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In recent years, our society is showing growing awareness towards the issue of “conflict diamonds”.

The question is- what are “conflict diamonds”?
“Conflict diamonds” also known as “blood diamonds” are diamonds that are minded in war zones and are being sold in order to finance war efforts, murders and weapons- usually in Africa.
We have seen evidence to such usage of diamonds in the civil war in Angola (2000-2007), in the civil war in Liberia (1989-2001), in Congo, Zimbabwe and many other conflicted African countries.
Since the situation in those countries is fragile as it is, and we constantly hear in the news about battles, merciless murders and Genocides- it’s crucial that we won’t give our hands to this unfortunate situation by purchasing conflict diamonds.

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How can we know if the diamonds that we purchase are conflict diamonds?

The most certain way of knowing if your diamond is a conflict diamond is by questioning the store owner or the diamonds dealer who is selling you the diamonds. It is important that the store owner or the diamond dealer will be aware of the conflict and you shouldn’t settle for any hesitated answers that might indicate that the diamonds in question are in fact conflict diamonds.
Most diamond dealers are very passionate about this issue and are willing to guarantee their clients environmentally responsible diamonds with every purchase.
Such diamond dealers will be able to willingly supply their clients with the information about ‘conflict diamonds’ so that you could rest assure that your diamond is conflict free.
Here at Diamonds- usa, we have no tolerance towards the subject of conflict diamonds and as honest diamond dealers we feel very strongly about this matter.
We perform out best efforts to track the rough diamonds from the mine to the market with the association of the UN, the government and additional organizations in order to supply conflict free diamonds for our clients.
Diamonds are considered beautiful and pleasing and we find it in our best interest to maintain them in this manner without any associations to wars and murders.
We guarantee our clients conflict free diamonds and we are constantly working on raising awareness and spreading this issue as far as possible (and that’s even without Leonardo DiCaprio’s help!)

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Recently Hollywood has also has been recruited to raise awareness about conflict diamonds.  All the diamonds that the celebrities wore on recent red carpets in the Oscar ceremony for example are conflict free diamonds and celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio (who has also stared in a film about conflict diamonds) and Jennifer Connelly are trying to have a positive impact on society by raising the important awareness to this matter.

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We encourage you not to support the war and the killing in Africa by not purchasing conflict diamonds for the chance that someday in the future we will be able to create a better global environment for all of us.
You can find further information about ‘conflict diamonds’ here:

Conflict Diamonds – Blood Diamonds

Time to upgrade your knowledge about Conflict Diamonds, also referred to as blood diamonds or war diamonds, are diamonds mined in a war zone and sold internationally. The miners are subject to human rights abuses, and the profits go towards war efforts in already politically unstable regions.

Despite international efforts to identify and boycott conflict diamonds, many still make it into the international market. The World Diamond Council verifies that diamonds being sold did not come from a conflict region, and can be labeled conflict-free. Smuggling makes it difficult to completely verify, so many diamond sellers donate money to relief charities in order to make their diamonds conflict-neutral.

Our background Conflict / Blood Diamond Research

The UN Stand Global Policy Forum – Diamonds in Conflict: Key UN Documents

US Policy and Laws

Global Policy Forum – Senator Judd Gregg Introduces Conflict Diamonds Act to Senate

Canadian Policy and Laws
CRS Report for Congress – Diamonds and Conflict: Background, Policy, and Legislation

European Policy and Laws

Worldwide Transparency in the Diamond Sector