Conflict-Free Diamonds: What You Need To Know (2024)

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read

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Diamonds are universally stunning gems, but they can also be controversial, especially in our increasingly social justice-conscious world. Whether it is for an engagement ring, a cocktail ring, a pair of earrings, a pendant or any other piece of diamond jewelry, more and more buyers are looking beyond the perfect diamond, they also want to be sure that diamond is conflict-free.


In this guide we will explain the following:

  • What is a Conflict-Free Diamond?
  • Beyond Rebel Conflicts
  • Labor Laws
  • Environment
  • Expenses
  • Human Rights
  • Terrorist Organizations
  • Diamonds That Are Truly Conflict Free
  • Supporting Change With Every Vintage Ring

What Is a Conflict-Free Diamond?

While diamonds often symbolize love, romance and commitment, it is sadly unfortunate that many of the world's most productive diamond mines are located in regions torn by civil war, terrorism and violence. To better reduce funds for such rebellions, the United Nations established the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in 2003. This process tracks rough diamonds from their mines to the market to ensure funds from the sales and processing of each stone are not used for unlawful uprisings against recognized governments. Because stones with Kimberley Process certification can be thoroughly traced to their origins, they are thus considered conflict-free with regards to organized rebellions.

The Kimberley Process has been endorsed and accepted by more than 80 nations. Reputable diamond dealers and jewelry retailers around the world rely on its safeguards and restrictions when purchasing new diamonds, and when diamonds are certified as conflict-free through this process, buyers can be reassured that their lovely stones don't have a bloody taint in their history.


Beyond Rebel Conflicts

Unfortunately, it is impossible to guarantee that any diamond is completely free of violence, conflict and other unsavory dealings. While the Kimberley Process is excellent at ensuring diamonds are not used to support organized rebel conflicts, there are other types of violence and social injustice that the process does not protect against, such as… 


 Labor Laws

Violations of labor laws, including child labor, unsafe working conditions, lack of worker benefits and exploitation of workers. It doesn't directly address labor practices in diamond mining, which can vary greatly depending on the specific location and company involved. 



Environmental damage from irresponsible mining processes and lack of effort to restore mined areas to natural conditions. The Kimberley Process itself does not have specific provisions or mechanisms dedicated to environmental protection. 



Living expenses for the couple's combined household, including all regular bills and planning for an emergency fund and savings. Efforts to improve the living expenses and working conditions of diamond miners often involve collaboration between governments and mining companies to establish and enforce labor standards, promote fair wages, and ensure basic living necessities for workers and their families.



 Human Rights

Human rights violations, such as sexual slavery, gender biases, genocidal policies, torture and other inhuman acts. The Kimberley Process has faced criticism for not fully addressing all human rights concerns, such as child labor, unsafe working conditions, and environmental degradation, which can still occur in some diamond mining operations. 

 Terrorist Organizations

Terrorist organizations using the country as a base but without rebelling against the nation's recognized government. Efforts to combat terrorism involve a range of measures beyond the scope of the Kimberley Process, including intelligence gathering, law enforcement actions, financial sanctions, and international cooperation among governments and organizations.

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Reputable jewelers will do their best to ensure their stones come from sources that adhere to the highest standards for just labor, equitable trade and responsible environmental practices. Because these standards are not held to strict international guidelines, however, it is impossible to be certain that any new diamond is completely free of violence. It is also possible that modern diamonds may not have been traced as thoroughly as possible, and switching stones to circumvent the Kimberley Process and disguise a diamond's origin is not unheard of.

It is also important to note that gemstones other than diamonds are not covered under the Kimberley Process. A diamond ring that has accent gemstones such as rubies, emeralds or sapphires, therefore, may have a certified conflict-free diamond but the accompanying gemstones could have a very tainted, violent history. 


Diamonds That Are Truly Conflict-Free

Because it is so difficult to ensure that any modern stones are absolutely conflict-free, many conscientious diamond buyers are turning to antique rings and vintage stones. These stones were sourced long before modern conflicts and therefore the profits they created could not have been funneled into violent acts. does not source new or modern gemstones, and all its gemstones are purchased from worldwide estates dated well before the 1970s, when many modern conflicts originated. This ensures our stones have truly ethical and conflict-free origins. 



Supporting Change With Every Vintage Ring

Even more than ensuring the origins of a diamond are conflict-free, many couples or anyone interested in buying diamond jewelry today would like their purchase to do even more good. Many jewelry retailers support local charities and social causes, ensuring that such significant purchases give back to local communities and important research that can benefit people around the world. supports Green America, and by purchasing an antique or vintage ring, you are supporting this effort as well.affordable-engagement-rings


No matter which era is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.



Vintage rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of vintage engagement rings today.



Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.

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