Why ethically sourced diamonds are crucial to the industry
When you walk into an elegant jewellery shop in Australia and stare at the diamonds, cut so beautifully in ornate fittings, you may have little wonder how that sparkling object ever reached your modern, civilised country. Surely nothing bad can be correlated with this stunning stone?
Unfortunately, not all diamonds come from conflict-free regions. At Bevilles, we’re proud to say that all our diamonds are ethically sourced, which means that they’ve not been mined in war-torn locations or under child labour. We only source our diamonds from miners that implement fair labour practices.
How can you ensure that the diamond you’re looking at has been ethically sourced? Well, the first thing you can do is ask whether the jeweller complies with the Kimberly Process, which is an industry-wide initiative that aims to eradicate conflict diamonds, otherwise known as ‘blood diamonds’.
Another good step is to ask for the laboratory certificate, which not only outlines the size and quality of the diamond, but generally traces it back to its country of origin. These are generally governed by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), who are the world’s leading authority of diamonds, or alternatively, there is the Diamond Certification Laboratory of Australia (DCLA).
Once you are satisfied that these diamonds are ethical, go ahead and purchase the diamond of your choice and make that special someone in your life the happiest person!
Just bear in mind that even with the Kimberly Process in place, it is not enough to ensure that child labour was not part of the diamond sourcing. For this reason, it is essential that you ask for all the relevant questions just to be sure your diamond is from an ethical source.
For more information about ethically-sourced diamonds and jewellery, please do not hesitate to contact us today.