What is a Conflict Diamond?
Conflict diamonds are gems which are obtained in association with human rights abuses, child labor, violence, or severe environmental damage. In the 1990s, many of the world's diamonds came from Africa, particularly regions undergoing civil unrest. Rebel armies in parts of Africa were exploiting alluvial diamond fields to fund their wars against established governments, putting people and the environment in the middle of their conflicts. Diamonds obtained as a result of these activities are called conflict diamonds.
Adopted in December 2000 by the United Nations General Assembly, this landmark resolution created an international certification process for rough diamonds. The Kimberley Process imposes extensive requirements on its members to allow them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as “conflict-free.” The Kimberley Process has already been immensely successful, and continues to strengthen its objectives and controls. A coalition of governments, non-governmental organizations, and the diamond industry established the Kimberley Process to control the export and import of rough diamonds to eliminate the trade in conflict diamonds. Today apart from countries like Canada, many African countries supply diamonds that are conflict free and are used to uplift the economy and create a long-term positive impact for people who are employed by mines.
The most recent influx of conflict diamonds has been from mining in Zimbabwe’s Marange diamond fields. Due to reports of human rights abuses, Four Mine does not purchase or inventory any diamonds that are associated or affiliated with Zimbabwean mining. Four Mine employs trained experts who can identify Zimbabwean diamonds that are in circulation, further ensuring our responsibility in purchasing and sourcing diamonds. Four Mine regularly reviews and improves its conflict diamond and environmental safety standards.
Four Mine is committed to the highest level of ethical and legal responsibility. We understand that the diamond you purchase is a symbol of love and commitment. For this reason, we ensure that every diamond we sell is not tainted by conflict or human rights abuses.
Every Four Mine diamond sold is certified conflict-free, and we work to enforce the strictest standards set forth by the Kimberley Process, United Nations Resolutions, USA Patriot Act. At Four Mine, we’re proud that the distribution of our jewelry, from mine to market, adheres with all international laws and human rights policies. Our personal relationships with our suppliers help us to learn the origin of all our diamonds. With relationships that span decades and generation, we have transparency into the operations and sourcing of our suppliers. We’re proud to only work with reputable suppliers who value conflict-free sourcing and ethical business practices as much as we do.