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Antique Jewelry Mall Policy on Conflict Diamonds
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Conflict-Free Diamonds



Our diamonds ONLY come from respected suppliers and diamond producers who share our values, and who are NOT involved in funding conflict.

We have a zero tolerance policy for conflict diamonds and all of our ethically sourced diamonds are in compliance with United States trade law and United Nations resolutions.

We welcome inquiries from thoughtful consumers who have heard about conflict diamonds and who have ethical considerations about purchasing a diamond.

Since 2003, United States Federal law has made it it illegal and a serious federal crime for any company or individual to sell or trade illicitly sourced diamonds in the United States.

 
What You Should Know:

Even with strict U.S. and International laws and the best efforts of many concerned Western governments and the diamond industry, it is ultimately impossible to know with absolute certainty whether a diamond may have come from an unethical source. The countries which are the source of conflict diamonds represent a very small percentage of the world's total diamond production. A smaller percentage of those rough conflict diamonds will inevitably be sneaked into the Western world's diamond supply.

It is important to note that Russia, China, India, and Arabic Mid-East countries are the major outlet for the world's conflict diamonds, as the millions of consumers in these developing countries do not take into account ethical considerations when making consumer purchases.

Despite the best intentions and efforts of the majority of diamond vendors in the United States and Europe, the truth is that diamonds travel through many countries and are sold and resold many times from the time they are mined as rough unpolished stones. These rough diamonds are sold and resold in parcels until which time they are cut into a faceted gemstone. Faceted diamonds continue to change hands as they are sold and traded among diamond vendors on the wholesale level, and are usually sent to an outside laboratory for grading before being set in jewelry or sold loose to a customer.

So while the number of conflict diamonds in the world is very small, and selling them in the U.S., Israel, and Europe is illegal, making the likelihood that any diamond in the U.S. would be a conflict diamond, there is always the chance that a diamond could have come from an illicit source.

FACT: There is NO way to discover by ANY kind of examination of a loose or mounted diamond to determine its actual country of origin.

Because of this, we sell mostly recycled pre-owned diamonds which have been re-graded by an established independent laboratory such as GIA or EGL before being offered for sale to you. We also carefully choose our "new" diamond suppliers and trust the ethics of those suppliers and their supply chain. We also offer rare vintage and antique diamonds which were originally cut and mined over 70 years ago. These vintage recycled heirloom diamonds are available in Cushion Cut, Old European Cut, Old Mine Cut, and Transitional Round Brilliant Cut diamond shapes.

For those customers who do not want a diamond for their engagement ring, our collection of unique designs also features thousands of beautiful colored stone engagement rings without diamonds.


Certificates Attesting to Clean Diamond Origins:

It has come to our attention that there are some jewelry companies printing their own documents as "certificates of origin" to assert that the diamonds they have for sale are "clean" or "ethical".

These documents are provided to customers as a persuasive selling tool, and can be effective in convincing sensitive customers to pay more for diamonds which are identical in origin and quality to those obtainable elsewhere on the internet and in local jewelry stores.

These guarantees are only worth the paper they are printed on as there is NO central established organization or reputable laboratory which can "certify" individual polished diamonds to be sold to the public as conflict free.

Again, it is very important to understand that there is NO way to discover by ANY kind of examination of a loose or mounted diamond to determine its actual country of origin.


Bottom Line - What This Actually Means for The Customer:

Because International laws have made it difficult to trade in conflict diamonds and also because the amount of diamonds in the world which actually originate from sources funding conflict and unethical political regimes is very small, the chance of owning an illicit diamond is also very remote.

The honest truth is that the only way to be completely sure of not owning a diamond which has come from a source which may have funded conflict is to not to own a diamond at all. Diamond mining throughout the entire world historically and up to the present day has been characterized by working conditions which many would not consider ethical, or environmentally sound. Because of this, a good number of our customers have ultimately decided on alternate gemstone choices for their engagement jewelry.


About the Kimberley Process:

Our suppliers and diamond producers must legally adhere to to the Kimberley Process, which is composed of 43 Participants, including the United States and the European Community. Under the Kimberley Process, diamond-producing countries certify that diamonds have been mined and sold through legitimate channels. This program is designed to prevent conflict and illicit diamonds from entering the international mainstream diamond trade. Kimberley Process Participants account for approximately 99.8% of the global production of rough diamonds.

We only do business with diamond suppliers who guarantee us that they abide by the System of Warranties, which are written guarantees at the bottom of the actual wholesale diamond invoices provided to us, but these guarantees do not come in the form of a printed "certificate" to be given out to consumers. The System of Warranties Statement provided to us by our suppliers is as follows: 

The diamonds herein invoiced have been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with United Nations Resolutions. The undersigned hereby guarantees that these diamonds are conflict free, based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the supplier of these diamonds. 

Official Kimberley Process certificates of origin for conflict free unpolished diamonds are generated by Government Diamond Offices in countries where diamonds are mined. These diamonds eventually are polished to become the finished diamonds used in jewelry, but do not follow the finished polished diamond product to the diamond dealer or consumer - these documents are traded only with uncut diamonds between diamond "dealers". 

 

The original statement from President George Bush on the passing of the conflict diamonds bill is reprinted below for your convenience.

Bush Passes Conflict Diamonds Bill - Statement by U.S. President George W. Bush: April 25, 2003.

I have today signed into law H.R. 1584, the "Clean Diamond Trade Act." The Act enables this Nation to implement procedures developed by more than 50 countries to exclude rough "conflict diamonds" from international trade, while promoting legitimate trade. Conflict diamonds have been used by rebel groups in Africa to finance their atrocities committed on civilian populations and their insurrections against internationally recognized governments. The United States has played a key role over the past 2 years in forging an international consensus to curb such damaging trade and has therefore strongly supported the "Kimberley Process." Diamonds also are critical to the economic growth and development of African and other countries, so preserving their legitimate trade is an important foreign policy objective. 

This Act directs the President to implement regulations to carry out the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). Although under this Act I have discretion to issue regulations consistent with future changes to the KPCS, under the Constitution, the President cannot be bound to accept or follow changes that might be made to the KPCS at some future date absent subsequent legislation. I will construe this Act accordingly. 

Section 15 of the Act provides that the legislation takes effect on the date the President certifies to the Congress that either of two specified events has occurred. The first event is that "an applicable waiver that has been granted by the World Trade Organization is in effect." The second event is that "an applicable decision in a resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council pursuant to Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations is in effect." Once the Act takes effect, it "shall thereafter remain in effect during those periods in which, as certified by the President to the Congress, an applicable waiver or decision" by the World Trade Organization or the United Nations Security Council, respectively, "is in effect." 

If section 15 imposed a mandatory duty on the President to certify to the Congress whether either of the two specified events has occurred and whether either remains in effect, a serious question would exist as to whether section 15 unconstitutionally delegated legislative power to international bodies. In order to avoid this constitutional question, I will construe the certification process set forth in section 15 as conferring broad discretion on the President. Specifically, I will construe section 15 as giving the President broad discretion whether to certify to the Congress that an applicable waiver or decision is in effect. Similarly, I will construe section 15 as imposing no obligation on the President to withdraw an existing certification in response to any particular event. Rather, I will construe section 15 as giving the President the discretion to determine when a certification that an applicable waiver or decision is no longer in effect is warranted. 

GEORGE W. BUSH 
THE WHITE HOUSE,
April 25, 2003. 

What this means is that NO company doing business in the United States, including the Antique Jewelry Mall, can legally sell or trade conflict diamonds.

You may read more about the Kimberley Process and the System of Warranties here:

http://www.kimberleyprocess.com