WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR A DIAMOND TO BE ETHICAL OR CONFLICT FREE?
For a diamond to be conflict free, it should not have financed a civil war. It means a diamond or a gemstones must come from an operation in a region that is free of all violence. A diamond must be mined in keeping with strict labor and environmental standards. Make a conscious decision to choose only Conflict Free Diamonds.
WHAT SETS US APART
Every Jeweler that offer "conflict-free” diamonds are confining themselves to the Kimberley Process's definition.
The Kimberly process has proved inefficient at weeding out all unethically mined diamonds.
The Kimberley Process Certification is failing to ensure the conflict-free status of the diamonds it certifies.
The main reason it was destined to fail because, in context to the blood diamond issue, there has not been,
in the jewelry sector, significant or meaningful public accountability. The death of millions of Africans in the conflict
diamond wars have become statics and “marketing problem”.
At Bashford, we are passionate about Ethics. For the word ethical to succeed and have meaning, it must have three main ingredients:
Truth, Transparency and Traceability. All our diamonds are responsibly-mined in Canada fully-traceable.
Our diamonds can be tracked through audited processes to ensure their traceability.
Bashford has always specialised in providing traceable and ethically-sourced diamonds and coloured gemstones. Therefore, it was very important to find a source of diamonds that matched our company’s values. Through one of our trusted partners we were introduced to CanadaMark diamonds, which are the ideal fit for us.
Every CanadaMark diamond is:
- Responsibly-mined in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
- 100% natural and untreated.
- Tracked through audited processes at every stage from place of origin to polished stone.
- Cut & polished to a very high standard exclusively by approved manufacturers. (who have been audited themselves)
- Guaranteed by the CanadaMark hallmark program which provides an independent verification that a diamond is of Canadian origin.
These stunning gems are sourced by the Dominion Diamond Corporation from the Ekati and Diavik mines in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
Each diamond is laser-inscribed with the CanadaMark logo and a unique serial number, as well as being given its own certificate card. The stones are cut and polished by approved manufacturers and independently audited to ensure their traceability.
Canadian environmental protection laws require that a thorough environmental assessment be carried out before a diamond mine can be approved, that effective systems are in place to protect local wildlife, and that the land be restored once mining has ceased.
Canadian miners are also protected by strict health and safety regulations and Canadian employment laws preclude child labour and any form of “sweatshop” working conditions.
As part of their commitment to preserving the environment, the mines are also signatories to specific environmental agreements that involve local groups and the government.
Unless you know where a diamond was mined and cut, you cannot be certain that it was ethically produced. Canada is currently the only country in the world to operate a system to monitor and track diamonds from the mine in this way.
ASK YOUR JEWELER WHERE YOUR DIAMONDS CAME FROM.
In many cases, diamond mines are used to fund and sustain lengthy, violent wars. The same level of violence can occur even in countries that are not currently at war and for a diamond, any precious metal or stone to be truly conflict free, it must be sourced from a country and mining operation free of any such taint. To ensure the diamonds, other precious metals and stones, used in our jewelry are 100% ethical and conflict free. To be truly conflict free it must be free of the taint of violence, extreme poverty, child labor, exploitation of workers and harm to the environment.We believe that mining should never be at the expense of communities, workers or the environment. They must be ethically mined with environmentally safe techniques.Traceable Diamond Origin include Canada, Australia and Russia. All of our Diamonds have traceable certification proving that it is Certified Conflict Free. • Our Canadian diamonds originate from the Diavik and Ekati mines, they meet rigorous environmental standards and are held strictly accountable by independent environmental monitoring agencies. • Our Australian diamonds originate from Argyle Diamond Mine located in the East Kimberly region, in the remote north of Western Australia. • Russian diamonds from the Yakutia region of northeast Siberia provide thousands of jobs to local residents and are free from human rights abuses.
WHAT SETS US APART
It is mandatory that we place sustainability at the heart of what we do, we have no greater responsibility than to do so ethically and sustainably.
DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS
We vouch that our diamonds are unstained by all human rights maltreats, including child labor, forced labor, murder, torture, and ravishment. We believe it is vital to infract the connection between diamonds and all forms of exploitation and excruciation.
All of our diamonds are mined in conformity with fair trade principles, providing local employment and a safe and progressive work environment. Diamond miners receive reasonable compensation, education, and skilled job training.
Ethically sourced diamonds boost long term economic development that helps local communities. Diamond proceeds enable investments in infrastructure, education, and health care. An economic cycle that favors all concerned parties.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
Environmental desolation should not be consequential to diamond mining. All of our diamonds are sourced abiding to rigorous international environmental measures that safeguard local ecosystems.
We cautiously trail the origin of all our diamonds to guarantee that they are ethically mined, shaped, and polished. Our tracking ability sees to it that our diamonds enter an uninterrupted concatenation of custody and that our supply chain is not subverted by unethical practices.
CONFLICT FREE DIAMONDS ARE FREE FROM VIOLENCE AND MINEd KEEPING WITH STRICT LABOR AND ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS.