NON-CONFLICT DIAMONDS AT EMIGEM.COM
EMIGEM.COM diamonds originate from legitimate non-conflict sources
EMIGEM.COM Diamonds originate from legitimate sources not involved in funding Conflict, in compliance with UN resolutions. The UN formally defines a conflict diamond as a "diamond that originates from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council." A conflict diamond is any diamond that is mined from an area in which there is war, or armed conflict.
EMIGEM.COM hereby guarantees that the diamonds are conflict free based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the suppliers of their diamonds
EMIGEM.COM diamonds are sourced directly from Sight-holders of the DTC (DeBeers) which upholds and has taken part in the numerous Kimberley Process Review Missions. A Sight-holder is a customer of the DTC, and is supplied with rough diamonds according to its terms and conditions of supply. To purchase rough diamonds from the DTC, a company must be a Sight-holder. The DTC commenced a new 3 year contract period 31st March 2008 with its newly selected list of 79 Sight-holders.
The Kimberley process started when Southern African diamond-producing states met in Kimberley, South Africa, in May 2000, to discuss ways to stop the trade in ‘conflict diamonds’ and ensure that diamond purchases were not funding violence. In December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution supporting the creation of an international certification scheme for rough diamonds. By November 2002, negotiations between governments, the international diamond industry and civil society organisations resulted in the creation of the Kimberley Process Certificating Scheme.
The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme sets out the requirements for controlling rough diamond production and trade. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme entered into force in 2003, when participating countries started to implement its rules.
The Kimberley Process is open to all countries that are willing and able to implement its requirements. As of September 2007, the KP has 48 members, representing 74 countries, with the European Community and its Member States counting as an individual participant. KP members account for approximately 99.8% of the global production of rough diamonds. In addition, the World Diamond Council, representing the international diamond industry, and civil society organisations. Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada – are participating in the KP and have played a major role since its outset.
How does the Kimberley Process work?
The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) imposes extensive requirements on its members to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as ‘conflict-free’ and prevent conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate trade.
Under the terms of the KPCS, participating states must meet ‘minimum requirements’ and must put in place national legislation and institutions; export, import and internal controls; and also commit to transparency and the exchange of statistical data.
Participants can only legally trade with other participants who have also met the minimum requirements of the scheme, and international shipments of rough diamonds must be accompanied by a Kimberley Process Certificate guaranteeing that they are conflict-free.
The Kimberley Process is chaired, on a rotating basis, by participating countries. So far, South Africa, Canada, Russia, Botswana, the European Community have chaired the Kimberley Process, and India is the Chair in 2008.