Conflict Free Diamonds
Janai Jewellery: Members of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme
At Janai Jewellery, we are all about delivering stunning jewellery and precious diamonds. From some of the most beautiful stones in existence, we specialise in custom-made, highly unique engagement rings, wedding rings, bridal sets, and other types of personal jewellery, and are proud to showcase our ever-growing catalogue to the world. However, and although Janai Jewellery specialises in the very best diamonds currently on the market, we are also mindful of the origins of some of the earlier diamonds in circulation, as well as the chequered history of obtaining them. In fact, during the 1990s, conflict diamonds in which were ruthlessly fought over resulting in horrible violence, were estimated to account for up to 20% of the world’s diamond production. While films like ‘Blood Diamond’ have shed some much-needed light on the process of mining diamonds from warzones and profiting off such horrendous conditions, unfortunately, conflict diamonds still exist today. Thankfully though, and in December of 2000, the United Nations General Assembly realised the growing problem and thus adopted a resolution in which was designed to support an international certification scheme for loose diamonds. This was done to restrict the flow of conflict diamonds all across the world. As a result, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (or KPCS) was introduced on the 1st of January, 2003, changing the face of diamond shipping forever.
Janai Jewellery understands the responsibility of obtaining the right type of diamonds, and in ethical ways, and as such, strictly adheres to the Kimberley Process. We thoroughly comply with all the set conditions of the KPCS, and we require that all of our trade suppliers of diamonds provide us with a warranty, an assurance even, that they do not supply or trade in the exchange of conflict diamonds. We take that very seriously here at Janai.
How does the Kimberley Process work?
At Janai Jewellery, we fulfil our obligations daily to ensure none of our diamonds are indeed, conflict diamonds. With global protocols like the KPCS firmly in place and leading the way, we have seen a steady decrease in the trade of conflict diamonds, which is ultimately, a great thing for everyone involved. Essentially, and from a functional perspective, the KPCS is a joint venture between international governments, diamond producers, cutters and suppliers, as well as prominent members of the jewellery industry, right through to the retail level. It’s a coordinated approach, a full-scale assault if you will, on the conflict diamond trade, that is certainly helping weed out the good from the bad.
With a strict protocol in place to prevent tampering, sabotage, and even criminal activity, the KPCS requires that all shipments of rough diamonds (which are simply diamonds that are uncut and unpolished) be placed in a secure container and then accompanied by a numbered government issued certificate before leaving their country of origin. It sounds simple enough, but with such a rigid protocol in place and with serious ramifications for non-compliance, it ensures conflict-free diamonds, each and every time. Since the KPCS safeguards against shoddy or questionable paperwork, the chances of conflict diamonds slipping through the cracks are very rare. In fact, participating countries have pledged to flat out refuse shipments that lack proper documentation and are often urged to report them.
Once the documented shipment is signed off on, the unique identification numbers then follow the diamonds as they journey through the market, as proof that the stones have originated from KPCS member countries, and not from bloodied warzones.
If you have any questions regarding the Kimberley Process, the nature of conflict diamonds, or just diamonds in general, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Janai Jewellery today.
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Things you might be wondering… Question Time!
Custom-made jewellery generally takes around 3-4 weeks to create after the design is approved, with some detailed designs taking longer. The entire process from first consultation through to finished product should take 4-6 weeks.
Absolutely! You’ll be involved in the process from start to finish. After your first consultation, our creative designers will produce a detailed, three-dimensional sketch of the piece and you can approve the design with a follow up in-store design consultation or via email to make sure that all your design specifications are being met.
Yes! We have an extensive collection of jewellery in-store to look at and try on. We love chatting about it all and would be happy to show the differences between the diamond cuts and shapes so you’re fully informed before purchasing or creating a piece.
Since we’ve been in the business for over 35 years, we’ve had some ah-mazing jewellery designers, sketch artists, and diamond setters join our team along the way. All custom-made designs are hand-crafted by our team in-store. We also house a collection of jewellery from local and international designers in-store.