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Retailer checklist

Use this handy checklist when checking out diamond jewelry retailers.

Choosing a diamond from ethical sources helps to enhance its beauty, while fostering change in the diamond industry.

Do you acknowledge that there are serious ethical problems in the diamond industry?

Look for
Retailers acknowledges ethical problems.
Avoid
Retailer says not to worry about ethical issues.

Where can I find your diamond sourcing policies?

Look for
Available on website or in printed form.
Avoid
No official statement in written form.

Do you incorporate ethical considerations when deciding on diamond suppliers?

Look for
Retailer selects suppliers based on ethical considerations.
Avoid
Buys whatever diamonds are available, without regard to ethical origin.

What are your standards for ethical sourcing?

Look for
Retailer avoids all diamonds tied to violence, child labor, and environmental harm.
Avoid
Retailer avoids only conflict diamonds. Relies solely on compliance with Kimberley Process.

Where are your diamonds mined?

Look for
Mines or countries of origin are directly named. Diamonds come from Canada, Namibia, and/or Botswana.
Avoid
No information available on mines of origin. Diamonds come from countries such as Zimbabwe, Angola, or Côte d’Ivoire.

Can you provide specific information on the labor and environmental standards in place at the mines you source from?

Look for
Information is available on labor and environmental conditions at mines.
Avoid
No information available on labor and environmental standards.

Are your diamonds tracked from the mine, to cutting and polishing, to your store?

Look for
Retailer has investigated supply chain and knows exact path diamonds take from mine to market.
Avoid
No knowledge of supply chain and no tracking ability.

Do you stand by your diamonds by providing a written guarantee of their ethical status?

Look for
Yes.
Avoid
No guarantee or just an oral "take our word."

 

 

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