Or Diamond Conflict-Free Diamond Policy
Or Diamond has a zero-tolerance policy toward conflict diamonds. Our diamonds are sourced only from the most reputable and respected suppliers that work in partnership with the United Nations, governments, and non-governmental organizations to prevent illegal trade of conflict diamonds. Not only do our suppliers adhere to the Kimberley Process, which tracks diamonds from mine to market, we also establish binding contracts with them which warrant that the diamonds offered to us comply with all international laws and are conflict free. We value ethical business practices, so we only work with members of the professional diamond trade who, like us, proudly adhere to and enforce the standards established by the Kimberley Process. Diamonds are mined throughout the world, including major mines in Russia, Botswana, Canada, and Australia, and they are actually a crucial source of good in many countries around the world, employing and providing a sustainable economy and healthcare to thousands. For more information, please visit DiamondFacts.org.
What is The Kimberley Process?
The United Nations established the Kimberley Process (KP) Certification Scheme in 2003 to control rough diamond trade among 81 countries who have joined forces to eliminate conflict diamonds, ensuring transparency and prohibiting diamond trade with countries not part of the initiative. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme was launched with the goal of ending the trading of conflict diamonds. In April 2003, the US congress passed a law adopting the Kimberley Process that requires all US diamond retailers to buy diamonds from manufacturers who have documentation warranting that the merchandise was obtained through legitimate channels. Today, the US Customs Service actively enforces the Kimberley Process requirements as diamonds enter American ports.
Concerning Zimbabwe Diamonds
The most recent source of conflict diamonds has come from the mines within Zimbabwe’s Marange diamond fields. Because of the reported human rights abuses in those fields, Or Diamond will not offer or purchase diamonds from that area. Or Diamond views its policy on responsible mining as an ongoing and evolving standard. We are committed to continuously review our position to support and promote conflict free and responsible practices in the diamond industry.