We love jewellery, but we also want to feel good about what we wear and where it comes from.
We want a stunning product, but we want to know that no one was hurt, taken advantage of or even died for what we want. As a jewellery designer, who creates handmade jewellery, I am able to trace and control every element of the process and ensure I have guarantees of where each material or stone is from.
The jewellery industry is a lot better than it used to be, however, if you want to ask the right questions when you are buying your next piece of jewellery here is a simple guide of what you do/don't want.
Always ensure your diamonds are 'conflict-free'
Conflict “Blood” diamonds are rough diamonds that are traded illicitly by rebel movements in many parts of West and Central Africa to purchase arms and fund brutal military campaigns. These insurgent groups perpetrate violent atrocities and human rights violations against innocent civilians and prolong civil wars. Conflict diamonds captured the world’s attention during the extremely brutal conflict of Sierra Leone in the late 1990s. During this time, it was estimated that conflict diamonds represented approximately 4% of the world’s diamond production. Today, the flow of conflict diamonds has been reduced to considerably less than 1%.
Conflict-free diamonds are guaranteed not to have been sourced from this conflict.
How can we be sure they are conflict-free diamonds?
The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme is an international, voluntary system that bans the trade of Conflict Diamonds and imposes extensive requirements on Participants to certify that shipment of rough diamonds is free from Conflict Diamonds. Today, more than 99% of the world’s diamonds are now from conflict-free sources and are officially traded under the UN-mandated Kimberley Process.
When visiting a jeweller maker or store, make sure they fully comply with the United Nations-backed Kimberly Process Certification Scheme and refuse to use conflict diamonds.
How do I go the extra mile for the perfect ethical diamond?
CanadaMark diamonds carry a promise of purity, responsibility and authenticity. They are among the most responsibly sourced diamonds in the world, mined and processed in ways that benefit local communities and maintain a high standard of environmental stewardship.