We certify our Perfect Match diamond quality through DGLA or EGL certifications, but this is not the only aspect we care about. As we do not want at all to have conflict diamonds among them, our diamonds also follow the rigorous criteria of the Kimberley Process (KP) Certification Scheme, created by the United Nations to ensure ethical sourcing.
In effect, many diamonds in the market come from areas of conflict or exploitation. This is why the KP was launched in 2003 as a coalition of governments, civil society and the diamond industry to eliminate the trade in so-called conflict diamonds.
Conflict diamonds are defined by the United Nations Security Council resolution 1459 as “rough diamonds used by rebel movements or their allies to finance conflict aimed at undermining legitimate governments”.
Based on a mandate from the United Nations, the Kimberley Process regulates the international trade in rough diamonds.
Participants in the KP scheme are required to:
- satisfy ‘minimum requirements’ and establish national legislation, institutions and import/export controls
- commit to transparent practices and to the exchange of critical statistical data
- trade only with other participants in the Scheme
- certify shipments as conflict-free.
Today, the Kimberley Process (KP) has 56 participants, representing 82 countries (with the European Union as a single participant) which account for more than 99% of the global rough diamond production and trade.