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How can I be sure that my diamond meets high ethical standards?

Look for retailers able to track their diamonds path.

Natural diamonds originate in mines before being transported to facilities for cutting and polishing. From there, they are sent to wholesalers or retailers. At any point along the supply chain, it is easy for diamonds with questionable histories to be mixed into the diamond supply. 

Look for retailers willing to verify, in writing, that their diamonds are ethically-sourced.

Not all retailer claims are equally reliable. But retailers who understand their own supply chains and offer detailed information about their diamond sources are more likely to take their sourcing responsibilities seriously.

Potential Pitfall:

Potential Pitfall: Retailer relies exclusively on the Kimberley Process for certification and tracking.

The Kimberley Process is the international diamond certification scheme relied on by most diamond retailers. Unfortunately, the Kimberley Process focuses exclusively on conflict diamonds – or diamonds that finance rebel groups – and does not provide assurance that a diamond has been ethically sourced. In addition, the Kimberley Process is vulnerable to fraud. Due to rampant smuggling, diamonds receiving Kimberley Process certification could have come from literally anywhere.

 

 

 

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