Although diamonds have been around for Millions and Millions of years, how they are brought to us is a different story. What brings so much joy and beauty to so many lives can also bring so much pain and suffering to just as many.
The term "conflict diamond" refers to diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces that are against the legitimate and internationally recognized government regulations, and are used to fund military action. In short, the diamonds are mined and used to fund wars against the governments. The UN General Assembly recognized that conflict diamonds are a crucial factor in prolonging brutal wars in parts of Africa, and that legitimate diamonds contribute to prosperity and development elsewhere on the continent. In Angola and Sierra Leone, conflict diamonds continue to fund the rebel groups.
"Diamonds are forever" it is often said. But lives are not. We must spare people the ordeal of war, mutilations and death for the sake of conflict diamonds."
Martin Chungong Ayafor, Chairman of the Sierra Leone Panel of Experts
Certification or "Country of Origin" documentation can play a big part on where your diamond comes from. Government controlled mining is the most legitimate way to know where you diamond is originated.
Rough diamond caches have often been used by rebel forces to finance arms purchases and other illegal activities. Neighboring and other countries can be used as trading and transit grounds for illicit diamonds. Once diamonds are brought to market, their origin is difficult to trace and once polished, they can no longer be identified.
ADX guarantees that we taken all necessary steps to ensure that our diamonds are conflict-free and comply with the Kimberly Process.
While challenges exist within the diamond industry, when mined responsibly, the revenue from diamonds can make positive contributions to diamond communities.
The diamond industry has helped some diamond communities develop and grow through investments in education, healthcare, infrastructure and entrepreneurship. The Diamond Empowerment Fund is a global organization whose mission is to support initiatives that develop and empower people in diamond communities worldwide.
The Diamonds Do Good initiative highlights the positive impacts that the diamond industry has had on diamond communities around the world. Its mandate is to inspire consumers by sharing great stories of how the diamond industry has helped diamond communities become strong and stable.
The Kimberley Process (KP) is an international government-led certification process that was launched in 2003 to eliminate the flow of conflict diamonds. Conflict diamonds are rough diamonds that are smuggled by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments.
The KP is comprised of over 75 participating countries representing most of the nations involved in the diamond trade. It also includes members of the diamond industry and advocacy groups.
The KP requires participating countries to tightly control the import and export of rough diamonds. The KP also requires governments to establish control systems over private sector trade in rough diamonds. To comply with this process, rough diamonds may only move among participating countries with strict protocols.
ADX guarantees that we taken all necessary steps to ensure that our diamonds are comply with the The Kimberley Process (KP) and are conflict-free.