Our Diamond Origins

We go above and beyond the current industry standards to offer beyond conflict free diamonds with a listed origin. Our select group of diamond suppliers demonstrate a robust chain of custody protocol for their diamonds and have the ability to track and segregate diamonds by origin. These suppliers are required to source diamonds that originate from specific mine operators who follow internationally recognized labor, trade, and environmental standards. Below we also provide information about our lab created and recycled diamonds, both of which are eco-friendly alternatives, as well as the standards for our accent diamonds.

Canada

Our Canadian diamonds originate from the Diavik and Ekati mines, which are committed to the highest possible environmental and human rights standards. Both mines have demonstrated a strong commitment to hiring local Aboriginal people, providing a skilled apprenticeship program and sponsoring scholarship funds. The Ekati mine can power 50% of its mine energy needs through windpower, and has land reclamation and rehabilitation plans in place. Both mines have been audited by the Responsible Jewellery Council and independent environmental monitoring organizations. Learn more »

BOTSWANA SORT

Botswana Sort diamonds are sourced from mines that follow strict labor and environmental standards. The majority of Botswana Sort diamonds were mined in Botswana. The rest were mined in Namibia, South Africa, or Canada. Botswana Diamond mining has contributed to transforming Botswana into one of Africa’s most prosperous countries. Revenue from Botswana Sort diamonds has been re-invested into education, health care, and infrastructure. Learn more »

RUSSIA

Russian diamonds are sourced from the Yakutia region of northeast Siberia and the Arkhangelsk region along the White Sea coast. In Yakutia, the Mirny Sakha mine provides thousands of jobs to local residents who earn double the average Russian salary and receive housing benefits, health care, and pensions. The diamond industry is the economic lifeblood of this remote region of Russia. Although diamond mines have altered the physical landscape in some places and Russia’s geopolitical role is controversial, diamond mining has had many benefits for local communities. The mine operator reports on the international safety and responsible mining practices of the mines and is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council. Learn more »

Recycled

Recycled diamonds are repurposed from secondary sources, meaning that they are an eco-friendly choice as they require no mining. This, in effect, decreases the demand for newly mined diamonds. Recycled diamonds are independently graded by gemological labs to show their high quality. Learn more »

Lab Created

Lab created diamonds display the same physical, chemical, and optical characteristics as natural diamonds, and exhibit the same fire, scintillation, and sparkle. Lab created diamonds are an environmentally friendly choice because they require no mining. Learn more »

Fair Trade

Despite abundant natural resources, many artisanal miners live in abject poverty and endure horrific working conditions every day. The fair trade diamond model is an innovative approach to transforming the artisanal diamond mining sector and improving the livelihoods of miners. Brilliant Earth’s goal is to support our non-profit partner Diamond Development Initiative’s work to bring these diamonds to market in the future. Learn more »

Accent Diamonds

Diamond accents are challenging to track and segregate by origin due to their small size. Our diamond accents are Kimberley Process certified, but, unless otherwise specified on the product page, we do not identify a country of origin for our diamond accents. Where possible, our suppliers will prioritize sourcing accent diamonds that originate from Canada, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, or Russia.

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