Conflict Free Diamonds
Conflict Free Diamonds
Savransky Private Jeweler is in full compliance with the Kimberley Process, meaning the diamonds they sell are certifiably sourced from countries free of conflict. Unfortunately, many nations are hesitant to commit to the Process, therefore, additional methods must be implemented in order to eradicate, or at least severely diminish, the market for such diamonds.
Blood diamonds are a significant social and ethical problem that afflicts the world today. Savransky Private Jeweler does not sell, purchase, or in any way involve itself with the blood diamond industry.
What are Blood Diamonds?
Conflict diamonds, also known as blood diamonds, are those sold by rebel and terrorist factions to fund combat offensives and insurrections against lawful governments. During the last two decades, the illegal exchange of blood diamonds has been most common in central and West African nations, involving primarily Sierra Leone, Angola, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Ivory Coast. In the aforementioned countries, civilians have been threatened and oftentimes killed, by groups participating in the regional diamond trade. Human rights organizations state that over four million deaths have been directly caused by people involved in the blood diamond industry.
What is the Kimberley Process?
Established in 2003, The Kimberley Process (KP) is a joint trade system focused on blocking the procurement and sale of blood diamonds. The foundation of this system is the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in which countries employ safety measures on cargoes of rough diamonds and verify them as “conflict free.”
How to Tell the Difference
To begin with, never purchase diamonds from anyone aside from a reputable jeweler. Always inquire as to where the diamonds are sourced and request to view a copy of the certificate detailing the specifics of the diamond. Be skeptical when it comes to abnormally low prices and avoid making diamond purchases from countries in proximity to known ‘conflict diamond’ regions. Insisting on proof the diamonds you wish to purchase are in fact conflict-free, sends a powerful message that you are vehemently against any industry that bankrolls violence against lawful governments, as well as its citizens.