Conflict diamonds – also referred to as ‘blood diamonds' – are diamonds sold on the black market to fund military action from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate internationally recognised governments.
The Kimberley Process, created in 2000, is recognised as the spearhead effort by the diamond industry and the diamond-producing countries to crack down on the multi-billion dollar trade in gems which have been, and are being, mined in war zones.
Approximately 10 years ago, conflict diamonds accounted for around 4% of the world diamond supply. Today, due to the success to date of the Kimberley Process, this is nearer to 0.2%.
Conflict-free diamonds are diamonds of certified origin which are guaranteed not to be obtained through the use of violence, human rights abuses, child labour, or environmental destruction. These diamonds are individually tracked through their full chain of custody to ensure that ethical practices are used in mining, cutting, and polishing.
Warburtons of Leigh guarantees that all our diamonds are purchased from legitimate conflict free sources, in compliance with the Kimberley Process and associated United Nations resolutions. We wholeheartedly endorse every legitimate initiative to eradicate the trade in conflict diamonds.
We recognise that our customers need the assurance that the diamond they are buying - a symbol of their love for another person - is a legitimate, genuine, conflict-free gem.