Ethically Sourced – Wedstones

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At Wedstones, all of our natural diamonds are sourced via ‘The Kimberley Process’. The Kimberley Process (KP) is an international initiative established in 2003 to address the issue of conflict diamonds, also known as blood diamonds. These are diamonds that are mined in war zones and sold to finance armed conflicts, leading to human rights abuses and fueling violence and instability in affected regions.

Key aspects of the Kimberley Process:

Conflict-Free Certification: The primary objective of the Kimberley Process is to ensure that rough diamonds are sourced and traded in a conflict-free manner. Participating countries commit to implementing strict controls over diamond exports and imports, issuing Kimberley Process Certificates to guarantee that the diamonds are not associated with armed conflicts.

Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration: The Kimberley Process is a collaborative effort involving governments, the diamond industry, and civil society organizations. This multi-stakeholder approach aims to address the complex challenges of the diamond trade effectively. By bringing together these various stakeholders, the KP strives to find solutions that benefit all parties involved.

Core Principles: The Kimberley Process is guided by several core principles, including the importance of respecting human rights, eradicating conflict diamonds from the supply chain, and promoting peace and stability in diamond-producing regions.

Monitoring and Review: The KP employs a system of monitoring and review to ensure compliance with its standards. Regular assessments and evaluations are conducted to identify any shortcomings and areas for improvement. The process encourages transparency and accountability among participating countries and industry players.

Expanding the Scope: Initially, the Kimberley Process focused solely on conflict diamonds. However, it has since expanded its scope to address broader issues, such as diamond smuggling, fraudulent certificates, and improving the social and economic conditions of diamond-producing communities.

Challenges and Criticisms: While the Kimberley Process has made significant progress in curbing the trade of conflict diamonds, some critics argue that it still faces challenges, including the narrow definition of conflict diamonds and the inclusion of countries with weak monitoring systems. There have been calls for further reforms and improvements to enhance the effectiveness of the initiative.

Despite its challenges, the Kimberley Process has played a crucial role in reducing the trade of conflict diamonds and raising awareness of the importance of responsible and ethical sourcing in the diamond industry. Consumers can support the KP’s efforts by purchasing diamonds from reputable jewelers who adhere to the Kimberley Process Certification and promote ethical practices in their supply chain.

Natural diamonds are precious gemstones that form deep within the Earth's crust under extreme heat and pressure over millions of years. They are composed of carbon atoms arranged in a crystal lattice structure, making them one of the hardest known natural materials. Natural diamonds are highly valued for their beauty, brilliance, and rarity, making them a popular choice for jewellery and investment.

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