Are Diamonds Sold Today Conflict Diamonds?
One question that we at MyTrioRings get very often is whether the diamonds used in our diamond trio ring sets and other jewelry such as our diamond necklace specials include any conflict diamonds, which are often referred to as blood diamonds. Our answer, displayed on every product page, has consistently been our guarantee that “Our diamonds are all authentic naturally mined diamonds and guaranteed to be from reputable and conflict-free mining sources.” Blood diamonds or conflict diamonds have been a point of concern for decades now, but there is very little proof that most diamonds available in the United States today are funding bloodshed in Africa.
The United Nations defines conflict diamonds as “diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council.” The popular movie titled Blood Diamond, which came out in 2006, shows the horror and bloodshed that is associated with diamonds mined in Africa. Set during the Sierra Leone Civil War of 1999, the movie shows the RUF rebel group of Sierra Leone enslaving villagers to mine diamonds that they would then trade directly for guns.
In 2001, in response to outcry from many about the news about the wars in Africa raged over diamonds, the UN called for the creation of an international certification scheme for rough diamonds. The result was a piece of legislation titled, the Kimberly Process, which enforces rigorous requirements on diamond producers to certify shipments of rough diamonds as “conflict-free” and actively prevent conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate market. For example, when the UN deemed that Liberia was being used as a vehicle for exporting conflict diamonds by the RUF rebel group of Sierra Leone, the country was banned from the Kimberly Process, and its exports of diamonds were forbidden.
Today, diamond holding company De Beers controls about 35% of the world’s supply of diamonds, and is the direct distributor of the diamonds that are used in the trio wedding ring sets and jewelry available on MyTrioRings.com. De Beers commits fully to preventing conflict diamonds and only distributes diamonds from its own mines. This way it can guarantee that its diamonds are completely conflict free. De Beers has a highly regulated and restricted process for distributing its diamonds, and not ever jeweler and diamond distributor is granted access to its diamonds.
This means that you, as a retail customer of diamonds today, can shop with complete confidence that the diamonds on MyTrioRings.com are 100% conflict free. In your search for the perfect wedding ring set, however, it is important for you as a consumer to ask questions and ask the vendor if they know whether or not the diamonds they sell are in fact conflict free. While actions such as the Kimberly Process are helping make the world’s diamond supply safer, for the effort to be a success, it requires diligence from everyone involved in the process, ranging from diamond producers, all the way to consumers. To help the cause, do your part so that you can purchase your diamond rings with a clear conscience.