Botswana Sort diamonds are sourced from mines that meet strict labor and environmental standards. About 70-80 percent of Botswana Sort gems were originally mined in Botswana. Most of the rest were mined in nearby Namibia or South Africa and brought to Botswana for sorting and sale. A small percentage was mined in Canada before coming to Botswana.
More than any country in Africa, Botswana has harnessed its diamond wealth to invest in its future and raise the living standards of its people. By choosing a Botswana Sort diamond, customers help to support economic development in Botswana and southern Africa.
Botswana Sort diamonds have helped reduce poverty in Botswana and transform it into one of Africa’s most prosperous countries. Nearly half of all government revenue in Botswana comes from the diamond industry. Since diamond mining began there in the early 1970s, the government has used diamond revenues to institute universal primary education and make investments in infrastructure, health care, and the national university. The results have been spectacular. Once one of the poorest countries in the world, Botswana has become a middle-income country. Botswana Sort diamonds contribute in other ways to local communities by funding schools and hospitals, and by supporting local economies through hiring and local procurement. Communities in mining areas are engaged to ensure strategic community involvement.BOTSWANA
In Botswana, diamonds are carefully mined to promote environmental sustainability and protect the ecosystem of the Kalahari Desert. Diamond mines in Botswana are committed to conserving water in the dry Kalahari climate and to reducing their effect on wildlife. Leased mining lands help maintain biodiversity by providing habitat for endangered species such as cheetahs and rhinos.
Botswana diamond mines are dedicated to minimizing their environmental footprint, monitoring their impact, and rehabilitating sites after use. In Namibia, where diamond mining is done offshore and in coastal areas, special care is taken to protect marine ecosystems. In South Africa, diamond mines have launched wind and solar power projects to reduce their carbon emissions. Diamond mines in Canada must comply with Canada’s strict environmental laws.
Employees in Botswana’s diamond mines earn fair wages and enjoy safe working conditions. Injuries to mine workers are rare and occur at even lower rates than at mines in the United States and Australia. Employees receive job training and professional development, creating opportunities for career advancement. Labor standards are similarly high at diamond mines in Namibia, South Africa, and Canada. The health of diamond miners is a priority. One of the most pressing health risks facing miners in southern Africa is the high rate of HIV infection. To combat HIV, prevention programs and free antiretroviral drugs are offered. In South Africa, the tuberculosis rate among diamond miners is now far lower than in the general population.
Currently, Botswana Sort diamonds mined in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Canada are mixed together, preventing diamond consumers from knowing the exact origin of each stone. While the origin of all Botswana Sort diamonds meets our Beyond Conflict Free Guarantee, we continue to advocate for the jewelry industry to best serve consumers and the goal of transparency by making its diamonds fully traceable to their country and mine of origin.
At Brilliant Earth, we guarantee that every Botswana Sort diamond comes from a socially and environmentally responsible origin. Environmental impacts are minimized, workers are treated with dignity, and local communities benefit economically. All the factories that cut and polish Botswana Sort diamonds are independently audited. Each diamond is carefully tracked to ensure it is not tainted by violence or abuse and that its origins are ethical.
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