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As a consumer, you should feel good about your diamond purchase.
Conflict diamonds or "blood diamonds" are diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments.
Rebel groups to fund conflict in the past have used illicit rough diamonds. These conflict diamonds captured the world's attention during the extremely brutal conflict in Sierra Leone in the late 1990's. With strict adherence to the UN-mandated Kimberly Process, it is estimated that more than 99% of the world's diamonds are now conflict free.
The Kimberly Process is an international initiative to prevent proceeds from the sale of conflict diamonds from financing civil wars, rebel uprisings, and other forms of unrest, which have led to the suffering of many innocent groups of people.
As a result of the Kimberly Process, diamonds are now among the most monitored and audited of any natural resource in the world. By depriving illegitimate forces of what was once a significant source of funding, the Kimberley Process has become an important factor in restoring civil order and economic stability to developing nations.
Kenneth Gordon is proud to work with other members of the diamond industry, international governments and the United Nations to eliminate the trade in conflict diamonds. Kenneth Gordon supports the Kimberly Process and only buys diamonds from legitimate, reputable cutters that adhere to the Voluntary System of Warranties.
When you buy a diamond from Kenneth Gordon, be assured it's the product of responsible mining and the ethical treatment of every person involved in bringing it to you. Thank you for your support.