Our Values

Our conflict-free diamonds policy

Dreaming of Diamonds understands the challenges and complexities of obtaining diamonds that have been mined, processed and crafted in an environmentally and socially responsible way. We recognize the importance of having a clear understanding of the origins of the materials used in our creations and actively engage with the mining industry, nongovernmental organizations and local communities to develop responsible operating standards. We seek to ensure that workers’ rights are respected throughout our supply chain and encourage and support community development in the regions where we source our diamonds. We believe that industry and communities can work together to find a balance that will lead to more sustainable practices in the future. Dreaming of Diamonds is more than a jewelry retailer, and is present in many steps of the diamond production process. Through the Kimberly process, (see below for more information) we monitor and seek to improve the practices in the rough diamond market. In particular,
 • We always know specifically where our diamonds come from, and where they were polished.
 • Our supplier countries are all Kimberly certified and we guarantee that all our diamonds are not sourced in conflict regions.
 • Our policy is very strict with regards to human rights including the monitoring of the facilities where the diamond is cut and polished as they must adhere to global labor and fair wage laws, including no use of child labor.
 • Mineworkers and skilled cutters and polishers should be local laborers and craftsman. This helps guarantee that some of the profit generated by the diamond mines and manufacturers - often run by one of a few global corporations – benefits the local community.

What are conflict diamonds?

Conflict diamonds, also known as blood diamonds, are those sold in order to fund armed conflict and civil war. Profits from the trade in conflict diamonds, worth billions of dollars, were used by warlords and rebels to buy arms during the devastating wars in Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sierra Leone and other countries.

What is the Kimberly Process?

The diamond industry has made enormous progress in the past ten years with regards to the fight against civil war, corruption and human rights violations. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is a government-run initiative introduced in 2003 to stem the flow of conflict diamonds by imposing requirements on participants to certify that shipments of rough diamonds are conflict-free. Over seventy governments taking part in the process are required to certify that diamond shipments through their countries are conflict-free, and they are required to set up diamond control systems to ensure this is true. Governments must pass national laws implementing the Kimberley Process, and trade is only permitted between other parties participating in the process. Conscious of the positive impact of ethical and moral business practices, most large diamond corporations have a Conflict Diamonds Policy and deal only with Kimberly certified producing countries. Dreaming of Diamonds is proud to be a part of the KPCS. For more information about the Kimberly Process    Click here

How to guarantee that you are buying a conflict free diamond?

At Dreaming of Diamonds, ethical and moral practices and transparency are our key values and are taken into consideration in every step of the diamond process, from the mine all the way to our finished creations. Unfortunately, the Kimberly process applies to the rough diamond level only. Some retailers are not able to reassure their customers that the diamond they are buying is conflict free because during the various stages of production (mining, manufacture and polishing), the information gets lost. Moreover, jewelry retailers often do not have a conflict diamond policy in place and, even worse, they do not know the primary source of their diamonds. They may not be up to date on the current violations of human rights around the globe. According to a survey conducted by Amnesty USA only 11% of stores visited in the USA stated that they had a policy on conflict diamonds and 67% of stores visited were unwilling to discuss whether they had a system of guarantees in place. A reputable supplier should have diamond market know-how, and a conflict diamonds policy that it is prepared to share with its customers. Dreaming of Diamonds adheres to this principle.

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