AVOIDING CONFLICT DIAMONDS
We have always been ardent about using conflict free diamonds and ethically mined gemstones. Together with the British Jewellers' Association, the Responsible Jewellery Council and our diamond suppliers, we put a lot of effort into ensuring that the diamonds that we use are not sourced from areas controlled by forces rebelling against the legitimate and internationally recognised government of the relevant country.
We are at the forefront of the fight to improve ethics in the jewellery industry. In February 2011 we launched Fairtrade gold together with the Fairtrade Foundation and 19 other jewellers. In September 2011 we became the first UK independent jeweller to be fully certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council.
We always try to ensure that buying jewellery from us is a wonderful experience and we truly love getting to know our customers personally. Part of this relationship is based on a mutual understanding of our processes, ethics and what we stand for. Ethically mined jewellery is therefore not only of huge importance to us but to our customers too. We have always felt like this and we always will – it is as important to us as it is to you that the diamond on your finger has not been used to fund conflicts.
When we buy diamonds they are already cut and polished so our diamond suppliers use the World Diamond Council System of Warranties to assure us that the rough stones were Kimberley Process certified and therefore:
- All of their diamonds are sold in accordance with the DTC Best Practice Principles
- No diamonds have been purchased in breach of UN resolutions Nos. 1173, 1176 and 1306.
- The intake of diamonds does not include any diamonds that have come from any area controlled by forces rebelling against the legitimate and internationally recognised government of the relevant country.
Summary about Fairtrade gold, ethical engagement rings and where the jewellery is in relation to these important subjects.
Alice Rochester - an ethically minded jewellery designer - writes the second part of her article about all things ethical