The basics you need to know about the Kimberley Process
i-diamants : a sourcing in compliance with the Kimberley Process
We offer our customers on i-diamants.com only diamonds under our quality and origin control. We only source diamonds from legitimate sources and in compliance with the Kimberley Process and United Nations resolutions. It is indeed inconceivable to us to qualify as beautiful a diamond that does not meet the criteria of ethics. On each sales invoice sent to our clients, the following statement appears: "The diamonds on this invoice come from legitimate sources in compliance with the United Nations resolutions and the Kimberley Process".
The goal of the Kimberley process
The Kimberley Process was created to prevent the sale of blood diamonds. These are diamonds financed by armed rebel groups in order to destabilize the powers that be, especially in African countries.
83 countries and 56 representatives
The Kimberley Process brings together 83 countries around the world represented by 56 members. The implementation of this certification was initiated by the UN, NGOs, the governments of the countries concerned by blood diamonds and the industry represented by the World Council Diamonds.
A first meeting in 2000 at Kimberley, in South Africa
The meeting between all these actors was held in May 2000 in Kimberley, Southern Africa, which gave the process its name.
The process became effective in 2003
In May 2000 the process was signed and became effective in 2003. 3. Diamonds have caused bloodshed, particularly in Africa, and it was in the 1990s that NGOs and the media really took hold of the issue. They brought the facts to the attention of the general public and supported the desire to control this industry.
A fight against blood diamonds
The Kimberley Process certification allows for the tracing of the origin of diamonds and the removal from the international market of all war-funded diamonds.
The Kimberley Process focuses primarily on the major problem of diamonds that finance wars and the exploitation of children, women and men in inhumane conditions to extract the coveted stones.
The rules put in place
The Kimberley Process relies on the states of the signatory countries
- Diamonds are collected on a country-by-country basis.
- They are then certified and sealed in certified containers.
- The government certifies the sealed container with a serial number.
- No diamonds can be transported or exported without this certification.
- Diamonds can only be transported between Kimberley Process signatory countries.
- War-torn countries and non-signatories of the Kimberley Process are not allowed to transit their stones.
The commitment of the authorities of each State
The authorities of each country are responsible for controlling their diamonds, the sealing and serial numbers of each sealed container. They also have an inspection, control and educational role towards the actors of the diamond industry in their respective countries.
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