Hustedt Jewelers Conflict Free Diamonds
The diamonds supplied to us have been purchased from legitimate sources, not involved in funding conflict and are in compliance with the United Nations resolutions. We hereby guarantee that all diamonds sold at Hustedt's are conflict-free, based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the supplier of our diamonds.
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Knowing that the diamond you're purchasing is conflict-free can provide peace of mind and ensure that there will be no issues after your purchase is complete. But, what does that mean, and how do you know if the diamond you're buying is classified as such? Let's take a look at what this classification means and why it's important.
What Are Conflict-Free Diamonds?
A conflict-free diamond is one that is ethically mined and sold and has no connection with terror or rebel groups or organizations. These diamonds that are not considered conflict-free are classified as conflict or blood diamonds. Blood or conflict diamonds are those that are found in certain areas in Africa that are war-torn and connected to criminal or dangerous groups. These diamonds are illegally traded and can be found throughout the world.
Blood diamonds gained worldwide attention thanks to the Sierra Leone civil war that took place in the 1990s. The smuggling and selling of diamonds funded the rebel groups responsible for much of the deaths and destruction during this war. The cruelty and inhumane actions seen throughout the Sierra Leone civil war resulted in international recognition of this war as well as the diamonds that funded it.
Buying diamonds that were originated and sold illegally can result in supporting criminal activity. For this reason, it's very important to ensure the retailer you buy your diamonds from guarantees their diamonds are all conflict-free. While it's illegal to sell conflict diamonds in the United States, buying from a retailer who publicly displays their commitment to ethical diamonds can provide peace of mind.
What Is the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme?
The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme is a system that ensures a diamond is conflict-free. This process came about in 2000 as a direct result of the Sierra Leone civil war. The Kimberly Process was developed by the diamond industry and is implemented in partnership with the United Nations and various other organizations. It was created to ensure diamonds that come into a country are closely monitored
from the point at which they are mined to their final sale.
According to the Kimberly Process, each shipment of diamonds that are brought into a country must be given a Kimberly Process certificate to verify the diamonds are conflict-free. This guarantee will stay with the diamond until it is sold to its final owner. The owner must keep the guarantee if they want to sell the diamond in the future.
The Kimberly Process Certification Scheme also implements a system of warranties that requires participating retailers to guarantee they will not do business with diamond suppliers who are unknown or whose products come from an area of conflict. Every time a conflict-free diamond is sold and/or bought, it must be accompanied by both the invoice of the purchase as well as the diamond's guarantee of being conflict-free. This results in a system or trail of warranties that prove the diamond has remained conflict-free throughout its lifespan.
Are Conflict-free Diamonds the Same Quality and Cost as Other Diamonds?
Just because a diamond is conflict-free doesn't necessarily mean it is more expensive or of a higher quality than conflict or blood diamonds. What typically impacts the price of a diamond is where it's mined. For example, a diamond mined in Canada will generally cost more than a diamond mined in Africa. Additionally, the quality of the diamond will also depend on where it is mined or how it's created. For example, a diamond created in a lab will likely be of a lesser quality than a diamond mined overseas.
What Are the Advantages of Buying Conflict-free?
There are a few key advantages of buying conflict-free diamonds. These include:
- Contribution to the fight against illegal diamond trading and the civil wars that illegal diamonds fund.
- Peace of mind knowing that your diamond is not connected to a terror or rebel group.
- Assurance that your diamond was not mined illegally.
- A guarantee that your diamond is of the quality that it claims to be.
- Traceability from when the diamond is mined to when you purchase it.
What Are Ethical Diamonds?
In addition, there are also ethical diamonds to consider. An ethical diamond is a conflict-free diamond that has been mined using ethical practices. Many diamonds that are mined in areas such as Africa are done using unfair labor practices. The diamond miners in these areas are often subjected to poor working conditions that may violate human rights. These miners may also work outside of the law due to a lack of high-quality equipment and no standards to be held to.
When a diamond is ethical, it means that it was mined and sold using the highest of standards. For example, Canada is known for its ethical diamonds due to the environmentally conscious and ethical way in which they are mined. However, many other countries, such as Australia and Russia, also produce ethical diamonds that you can find at U.S. retailers. The best way to know if a diamond is ethical is to ask to see its certification and documentation.
What Are Alternatives to Conflict-free Diamonds?
It can sometimes be challenging to find conflict-free diamond rings and other ethical diamonds. Luckily, there are several options available that provide you with ethical diamond alternatives. Popular ethical choices include:
- CanadaMark diamonds: This prestigious type of diamond is known for its ethicality. CanadaMark diamonds are mined in Canada and are given a serial number that makes them traceable from mine to retailer. All CanadaMark diamonds are mined according to Canada's strict eco-friendly guidelines and fair labor laws, so you can feel confident when purchasing this type of diamond.
- Lab-created diamonds: Diamonds that are created in a lab are not subjected to the opportunity of unfair or unethical mining conditions. However, these diamonds are not natural diamonds and therefore are not a great choice for people looking to by an authentic diamond. They also have a resale value that is very low compared to real diamonds.
- Kalahari Dream diamonds: This type of diamond is a new product that is conflict-free and guaranteed to be ethically sourced. Kalahari Dream is backed by De Beers, which is an international diamond corporation, and all diamonds in this category work to support African communities that depend on the diamond industry to survive.
If you're looking for the perfect diamond or conflict-free diamond engagement ring, be sure to give us a ring over at Hustedt Jewelers.