If you are a
conscious shopper, you will ask more questions when shopping for
diamonds that just about the details of the stone. You should inquire
if the stones you are admiring with the possibility of purchasing are
non-conflict diamonds. The answer you receive should satisfy your
mind that these diamonds have not come from a country where the sale
of diamonds is used to cause bloodshed and terror for others.
diamonds do not look any different from other diamonds so there is no
way you can identify them by looks alone. The appraisal report,
whether it is of EGL loose diamonds or from another gemological
appraisal facility will not be able to give you the answer either.
Conflict diamonds, also called blood diamonds, should be a cause for
concern because they come from countries in Africa where they are
used to provide financing for wars and military action against
innocent people. In some cases, child labor is used in the mining process.
When you make
sure that the diamond jewelry you buy contains non-conflict diamonds,
you can do your part by putting an end to this type of activity. Even
though you may pay a high price for the diamonds, in this respect the
purchase will be one of best value diamonds. Jewelers who are
confident that they are not selling conflict diamonds will be happy
to answer any of your questions.
The UN along
with countries in the developed world used the Kimberley
Certification Process to identify non-conflict diamonds. This means
that rough diamonds exported from countries in Africa that are using
the sale of the diamonds to further the economic activities of the
country will provide a government certificate attesting to this fact.
Diamonds cannot be legally shipped across borders without being
accompanied by this certification.
deal in buying rough diamonds will have the Kimberley certificate
ready to show you when you ask about the origin of the diamond. A
local retail jewelry store may not have this certificate, but can
direct you to the supplier to whom you can direct your questions.
However, any legitimate jewelry store should be able to answer
Yes as soon as you ask whether the stone in question is a
non conflict diamond.
If when you
ask a jeweler about the origin of the diamonds for sale and receive a
black stare when you mention the Kimberley Certificate or the chain
of warranties of the World Diamond Council, then you would be
well-advised to walk away from the sale no matter how good of a deal
you think it may be.
purchasing a diamond, you should receive certification that the
diamonds were purchased from one of the countries approved by the UN.
You should also receive an appraisal report on the diamond which
provides you with the details of the four Cs. New laws that
have come into force in the past decade require jewelers to provide
documentation about diamonds that they sell to their customers.
important to do your homework when buying a diamond in addition to
determining that it is a non-conflict diamond. Without an
understanding of how best value diamonds are appraised, such as with
EGL loose diamonds, you may not be able to understand the appraisal
report that you receive. Carat refers to the weight of the diamond,
but the report will also provide details of the length, width and
depth, no matter how tiny the stone may be.
to the quality of the sparkle and shine you will see from the diamond
each time it catches the light. The cut can be one of five different
types and basically refers to the shape of the diamond. The color may
not be pure white, but could be a pale shade of yellow. All of these
factors help determine the value of the diamonds
that you buy.