During the 1990s, conflict diamonds were estimated to account for up to 20% of world diamond production.
In December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution supporting an international certification scheme for loose diamonds to stem the flow of conflict diamonds worldwide. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) was inaugurated on 1 January 2003.
The Kimberley Process is a joint venture between governments, diamond producers, cutters and suppliers, as well as members of the jewellery industry, through to the retail level.
As of January 2009, the Kimberley Process has 75 members, representing 49 countries worldwide.
The KPCS requires that all shipments of rough diamonds (diamonds that are uncut and unpolished) be placed in a tamper proof container and be accompanied by a uniquely numbered government issued certificate prior to leaving the country of origin. Participating countries have pledged to refuse to accept shipments lacking the proper documentation. Details of these identification numbers then follow the diamonds through their journey to market confirming that the stones have come from KPCS member countries.
Larsen Jewellery complies with all conditions as set out in the terms of the KPCS and we require that all of our trade suppliers of diamonds and diamond jewellery provide us with a warranty that they do not supply or trade in conflict diamonds.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the Kimberley Process, conflict diamonds, or diamonds in general.