Monday, 8 January 2007

Conflict Diamonds - What You Need to Know

What are Conflict Diamonds?

Conflict diamonds, or blood diamonds as they are sometimes known, are diamonds mined in war zones and sold to finance further war efforts. The problem was particularly related to West African countries.

Should I be worried about buying diamonds?

Thankfully, the answer is no. The World Diamond Council states that over 99% of the world supply of diamonds is now from conflict-free areas.

How effective are diamond industry regulations?

In 2002, a coalition of governments, non-governmental organizations and the diamond industry established the Kimberley Process Certification System, a UN-backed process which has now almost completely resolved the problem. Indeed, the diamond industry itself was the first institution to take steps in correcting the problem.

How can I be certain the diamonds I buy are conflict-free?

Check with the retailer to see if they comply with the Kimberley Process Certification System and the World Diamond Council directives. If shopping online you should see a logo or a link to the above system of warranty.

How does the diamond industry benefit people?

The benefits are very real, and are being felt in many diamond producing countries. For example, these are just a few of the positive results:

  • An estimated 5 million people have access to appropriate healthcare globally thanks to revenues from diamonds.

  • Diamond revenues enable every child in Botswana to receive free education up to the age of 13.

  • An estimated 10 million people globally are directly or indirectly supported by the diamond industry.

Diamonds are creating economic growth and prosperity in countries around the world. You are playing a part in that process by purchasing diamonds.

Where can I get more information?

You will find more information about diamonds and conflict diamonds at