Conflict diamonds, often referred to as “Blood Diamonds” are diamonds that originate in countries that are judged to be in a state of conflict, the money generated from the sale of diamonds is used to fund this conflict and support activities that are considered contrary to world opinion on human rights.
Countries that are judged to be “in conflict” by the United Nations are excluded from selling unpolished diamonds into the main diamond industry through the regulated supply channels. A system of documentation at import and export for verification of origin is in place with countries abiding by a number of checks and balances to maintain a clean supply of diamonds.
This system of verification is called the Kimberley Process.
Signatories to the Kimberley process agree not to trade in diamonds that originate from these areas, all importation and exportation of uncut diamonds must be accompanied buy the correct documentation and verification of origin.
Australia is a signatory to this agreement, as is the USA and many other countries.
Jewellery trade organizations also agree to not knowingly deal in any diamonds sourced from countries that do not comply to and are signatories of this process.
Ellissi deals only in diamonds that meet the above criteria from counties that are signatories to the Kimberley Process.