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  1. Andy Koehn
    June 15, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    We rely on our diamond manufacturers to supply us with conflict-free diamonds. I think you’re making an assumption here that every diamond has it’s own certification that travels with it from mine to cutter to jewelry store. If that’s the case then it’s news to me and you can enlighten me. I’m not saying it’s not done…I just have never heard of it.
    I’m a big Hearts On Fire advocate and one of the reasons is because the owner/founder was on the forefront of non-conflict disclosure. We have their promise in writing that HOF diamonds are conflict-free. Also the % of diamonds coming from the aforementioned regions are very small…very small. I’m not saying it doesn’t matter…but as long as there are legitimate industries in this world there will be illegitimate people out to exploit the best intentions of the nice guys. That goes for gas, clothing, pharmaceuticals, food, you name it. (Even bloggers and consultants.)
    This is a hot-button issue that doesn’t lend itself to quick answers. I certainly don’t have them but there are countless people in the business who are working on it.
    I’ve gotten off track. (I like to talk.) Maybe just send me a little info on jewelers that you know have the sort of paper work you mention above. (And the manufacturers you know that supply it.)

    Thanks a bunch. I really like your site BTW!

  2. admin
    June 15, 2010 @ 10:15 pm

    Hi Andy, I’ll be happy to reply. Any reputable jeweler, online or brick-and-mortar store, should adhere to the Kimberley Process. That means that they only buy diamonds from manufacturers that adhere to the Voluntary System of Warranties as established by the Kimberley Process ( In short that means that the traders in rough and polished diamonds and diamond jewelry agree only to buy diamonds that originate from countries that implement the Kimberley Process. As far as the jeweler goes, they (should) have signed affidavits on file from all their suppliers attesting to the fact that they comply with the Kimberley Process. The following should also appear on all invoices for polished diamonds and diamond jewelry that leaves the stores: “The diamonds herein invoiced have been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with United Nations resolutions. The seller hereby guarantees that these diamonds are conflict free, based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the supplier of these diamonds.”

    I know for a fact that this is the case with my client Charles Koll Jewellers, also a distributor of Hearts On Fire diamonds. I couldn’t agree with you more that HOF is a first rate company!

  3. Andy Koehn
    June 16, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    Thanks for the response. It’s one thing to have signed affidavits on file from suppliers…quite another to have a special something on hand for each diamond.

    “…if a diamond is non conflict then it will have gone through the Kimberly Process, and the salesperson should have some nice papers for you, with special stamps and textures to prevent forgeries as best as possible.”

    I’m not trying to dispute the relevance of what you’re saying with regards to trading in non-conflict diamonds. I just don’t want people to think that consumers can ask for “nice papers…with special stamps and textures” that come from the pipe line verifying the diamonds are conflict-free. As in…if the jeweler doesn’t have them then he’s got something to hide. As I said…I don’t know a single jeweler that can produce such documents because they aren’t attached to single diamonds.

    We have those same guarantees (as Charles Kroll) from our suppliers but we certainly don’t have them for individual diamonds. (And I’ll bet they don’t either.)

    I really just want it to be clear that it’s relatively easy to be sure we’re trading in conflict-free goods by the cutters/manufacturers we deal with…but it’s on a bigger level than diamond-by-diamond. Seriously not trying to make life difficult for you…but hoping to make it less complicated for my sales staff and jewelry professionals at large. Thanks!

  4. admin
    June 16, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

    Point well taken, I made the corrections. Thank you for your input, Andy.

  5. Andy Koehn
    June 17, 2010 @ 5:43 am

    I hope I wasn’t a thorn in your side. Thanks for the attention, responses, and dialog. Have a great day…


  6. Richard Klein
    June 18, 2010 @ 2:44 am

    Nice write-up. But at the end of the day it’s all a matter of trusting your suppliers – conflict diamonds aren’t the only problem and there are many things that can go wrong when buying a diamond from an unknown company.

    Diamond companies who supply their rough stones from BHP Bilinton, for instance, are guaranteed to have conflict-free diamonds (BHP’s mines are in Canada).

    In short, it’s a matter of doing a little research and trusting your supplier

  7. admin
    June 18, 2010 @ 6:25 am

    You are right…trust is paramount. Thank you for the comment.

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  9. Helen
    June 24, 2010 @ 4:08 am

    Great article if a little out of sync with the facts on the origin of blood diamonds. We are facilitators of diamond buying and source some of our rough diamonds from Sierra Leone that do indeed have Kimberley Certificates and are clean and conflict free, as all of the diamonds we source from Africa are.
    We also source diamonds from West of Africa in countries such as Ghana, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    Its the “Wild Wild West” out there people so its not an easy task to source diamonds no matter where they come from. We do our very best to ensure conflict diamonds do not leave Africa through our company, once our diamonds are cut and polished our diamonds are available to Jewelers and wholesalers.
    Get in touch if you are interested in securing non-conflict diamonds through us.
    Task International Zambia

  10. admin
    June 24, 2010 @ 9:10 am

    Thank you for the feedback Helen. I worked for a diamond mining company that owned mines in South Africa and we did exploration in other African countries. You are right, it is the ‘Wild West’, but are legitimate players as well.


  11. Wolfgang
    June 25, 2010 @ 4:32 am

    Only 5% of the worldwide traded diamonds are blood diamonds. There is definitely no guarantee that the diamonds are conflict free. The Kimberley process which was put in place by United Nations is ensuring that those countries who are having a political instable situation cannot export diamonds. Nevertheless some stones will find their way to the sorting table of De Beers and others.

    We are running a diamond mine in Liberia which is one of those countries and strictly following the Kimberley Process. All the stones are guided with the respective certificate and still we cannot guarantee that it is the correct certificate, simply because I don’t travel with the diamonds and certificates by myself. You never know what happens during the transport.

    The GIA (ICI, HRD, CIBJO..) certificate is only referring to the quality of the stones. It explains the 4C’s and will not mention the country of origin. Therefore this is no guarantee of conflict free diamond.

    The end customer’s awareness for blood diamonds was mainly raised by the correspondent movie, which by the way is a very good one!

    Sincerely Yours

  12. admin
    June 25, 2010 @ 6:26 am

    Thanks, Wolfgang….I speak with an “Afrikaans” South African accent, and I must say, Leonardo DiCaprio nailed my accent in Blood Diamond. Great movie!

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    July 15, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    Thank you…much appreciated. Stay tuned!

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