Our goal in resourcing diamonds and other precious stones is finding the best quality, cut, and size for our customers needs with their budget.
Artisan LA considers many factors when sourcing stones for our customer. Considering such factors as conflict free diamonds and ethically mined stones, we diligently acquire quality stones for our clientele. As per GIA, there is no easy way to tell if a diamond is conflict free. However, great strides and efforts have been made in today’s diamond trade to eliminate the undesired practices of slave mining and non-ecological mining.
To insure that these types of stones are less prevalent, in 2002, a coalition of governments, non-governmental organizations, and the diamond industry established the Kimberley Process to control the export and import of rough diamonds to eliminate the trade in conflict diamonds. Today 99% of diamonds in the marketplace are conflict free.
The Kimberley Process has been committed to and has actively prevented 99.8% worldwide of this type of diamond trade. https://www.kimberleyprocess.com/en/what-kp
Other ways to insure that a diamond is ethically sourced.
- Purchase Older Diamonds such as Old Miners Cut, Old European Cut, or diamonds that are +50 years old https://erstwhilejewelry.com/pages/frequently-asked-questions
- Diamonds mined from Kimberlite https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberlite
- Avoiding Alluvial Sources, where conflict areas are prevalent. Prevalence of small-scale alluvial diamond digging is highest in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) but also takes place, on a smaller scale, in the Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Togo. It is estimated that 1.3 million people in Africa work in this sector.