CONFLICT-FREE DIAMOND POLICY
Barmakian Jewelers supports the Kimberley Process and has a zero-tolerance policy toward conflict diamonds. Conflict diamonds are diamonds used to fund rebel armies to oppose legitimate and internationally recognized governments. At Barmakian Jewelers, we only purchase diamonds through the largest and most respected suppliers who, like us, proudly adhere to and enforce the standards established by the Kimberley Process. If one of our suppliers was ever found to be in violation of that process, we would immediately sever ties. We will continue to support and promote any process that works to uphold legitimacy in the diamond trade. Diamonds are a major source of revenue for many African nations, such as Namibia and Botswana, employing and providing healthcare and education to thousands. For more information on this issue, please visit DiamondFacts.org.
What is the Kimberley Process?
The Kimberley Process is an international process to track and ensure every rough diamond is certified conflict-free by a strict system. The process requires all US diamond retailers to buy diamonds from a supplier who has proper documentation that diamonds have been obtained from legitimate sources. Through these measures, the industry in partnership with the United Nations, governments, and non-governmental organizations, polices diamond exports to prevent the trade of illegal diamonds. Today, the US Customs Service actively enforces the Kimberley Process requirements as diamonds enter American ports.