The Kimberely Process
The Kimberley process started when Southern African diamond-producing states met in Kimberley, South Africa, in May 2000, to discuss ways to stop the trade in ‘conflict diamonds’ and ensure that diamond purchases were not funding violence.
In December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution supporting the creation of an international certification scheme for rough diamonds.
By November 2002, negotiations between governments, the international diamond industry and civil society organizations resulted in the creation of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). The KPCS document sets out the requirements for controlling rough diamond production and trade. The KPCS entered into force in 2003, when participating countries started to implement its rules.
Who is involved?
The Kimberley Process (KP) is open to all countries that are willing and able to implement its requirements. As of November 2008, the KP has 49 members, representing 75 countries, with the European Community and its Member States counting as an individual participant. KP members account for approximately 99.8% of the global production of rough diamonds. In addition, the World Diamond Council, representing the international diamond industry, and civil society organisations – Global Witness, Partnership-Africa Canada – are participating in the KP and have played a major role since its outset.
At Casa D’Oro, we want our customers to feel good about their diamond purchases. The diamonds we sell are of certified origin and are obtained through suppliers that adhere to and enforce the standards established by the Kimberley Process and the System of Warranties. Casa D’Oro’ diamonds are individually tracked through a chain-of-custody system to ensure that ethical practices are used in mining, cutting and polishing in accordance with the Kimberley Process, which adheres to mandates established by the United Nations. To learn more about the Kimberley Process, please visit the following website: http://www.kimberleyprocess.com/.
Casa D’Oro also provides clients with the finest quality diamonds from the Canadian Ekati Arctic and Ontario Victor mines. These diamonds are ethically mined, fully certified and laser-engraved with individual tracking numbers. This means that the diamond you buy can be traced back to the mine and through all stages of the refinement process, and it also ensures that the diamond is certified as being of Canadian origin.
Diamonds purchased at Casa D’Oro that are over a certain carat weight are accompanied by a grading certificate. Reputable gemologists at the following world-renowned gemological laboratories certify Casa D’Oro’ diamonds:
• GIA (Gemological Institute of America)
• HRD Antwerp (Diamond High Council)
• EGL (European Gemological Laboratory)
• AGS (American Gem Society)
For more information on Diamonds, please visit the following website: http://www.diamondfacts.org/