The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), created in 2003 by governments, non-governmental organizations and the diamond industry to eradicate conflict diamonds from the world's diamond supply, and the Clean Diamond Trade Act of 2003 provided a framework for building a global diamond market that is today over 99% certified to be from conflict-free sources.
Greg Anthony Jewelry has further taken measures against the conflict diamond trade by developing a conflict diamond compliance program.
Since the adoption of KPCS and the signing into law of the Clean Diamond Trade Act...
All Greg Anthony Jewelry suppliers and vendors must affirm to the following statement, as is the policy set forth by the company CEO. "The diamonds herein invoiced have been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with United Nations Resolutions. The undersigned hereby guarantees that these diamonds are conflict-free, based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the supplier of these diamonds."
Greg Anthony Jewelry believes in making the world a better place and this is just one step in the Jewelry industry to assure a better future for people around the world.
The KPCS is a program that all major retailers, trade companies and professionals within the industry adhere to...a humanitarian mission that starts locally and on the micro-level.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What are conflict diamonds?
Conflict diamonds are diamonds mined in certain African combat zones that have fueled and funded civil war and gross abuses against the civilian population. Such diamonds are estimated to currently account for less than 1% of the world diamond production.
What is the Kimberley Process?
As of 2009, approximately 75 countries have adopted a system to control the export and import of rough diamonds. Known as the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), it requires that each shipment of rough diamonds - before stones are cut and polished - be in a tamper-resistant container and accompanied by a certificate of origin. At later stages of the diamonds' journey to market, rough diamonds also carry a certificate describing the shipment's contents and confirming that the stones are coming from a Kimberley Process participant. Any country declining to participate is effectively barred from the international diamond trade. In addition, the Clean Diamond Trade Act codifies many of the provisions of the Kimberley Process. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is responsible for enforcement at American ports.
What role does the jewelry industry have in protecting the diamond supply?
The most important contribution jewelers can make within our industry is to deal only with trade suppliers of diamonds and diamond jewelry that comply with KPCS. The first step is to acknowledge that the company takes the KPCS process seriously and that conflict diamonds are inexcusable.
Greg Anthony Jewelry believes in humanitarian compassion and understanding. For this reason it continues to implement policies and safeguards to assure that conflict free diamonds are in your special piece.