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Conflict Diamonds


Conflict Diamonds


What are conflict diamonds?


According to the World Diamond Council, “In the late 1990’s, the world became aware that rebel armies in parts of Central and Western Africa were illegally using the diamond trade to fund conflict against legitimate, internationally recognized governments. 


The rebels used inhumane practices, including torture and slavery, to extract diamonds from the region.  These diamonds became known as conflict diamonds, also referred to as ‘blood diamonds.’


Putting a stop to this human rights crisis became one of the highest priorities for governments, the United Nations, the diamond industry, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).”


The jewelry industry and the diamond industry have a zero-tolerance policy regarding the trade in conflict diamonds.


Without a doubt, Alvaro Coronado has a zero-tolerance policy as well.


What has been done to eliminate conflict diamonds?


The Kimberley Process is law in 69 countries and is backed by the United Nations.  Under the Kimberley Process, rough diamonds are sealed in tamper resistant containers and certified conflict-free by a strict system of forgery-resistant documents and serial numbers.  This documentation is re-certified each time a rough diamond crosses an international border.


Alvaro Coronado trades with companies who strictly adhere to the Kimberley Process.


How can Alvaro Coronado be sure? How can you buy with confidence?


To further safeguard the legitimate diamond supply, companies selling diamonds, must provide a written statement to all retailers declaring that their diamonds are from sources free from conflict. 

Alvaro Coronado only does business with diamond suppliers who provide such a written statement.

Alvaro Coronado makes absolutely no exceptions.


What has been achieved?  Read the good news.


As a result of the Kimberley Process, more than 99% of all diamonds are from sources free from conflict.  The industry continues to work towards 100% eradication and those efforts are supported by Alvaro Coronado and his company by strictly adhering to good buying diamond practices.


How do diamonds help the people of Africa? “The diamond Industry is vital to the Southern African                                                                                                                                                             Economy.”----Nelson Mandela

1.       65% of the world’s diamonds come from African countries

2.       Revenues from the diamond industry help provide necessary counseling, testing, education, treatment programs, clinics and hospices for HIV/AIDS patients.

3.       An estimated 10 million people globally are directly or indirectly supported by the diamond industry.

4.       Approximately 5 million people have access to health care due to diamond revenues.

5.       The $8.4 billion African diamond industry is a fundamental pillar of African economy.

6.      The charity, Jewelers of Children, funds a community-based care program for South African orphans.


                The resource information provided herein regard conflict diamonds comes from the World Diamond Council and www.diamondfacts.org