Conflict Free Diamond Enagement Rings

No marriage is 100 percent conflict-free, but your engagement ring can be. The Sylvie Collection is proud to offer only conflict-free diamond engagement rings. You can enter into your marriage feeling good about where your ring came from, and where you’re headed as a couple.

What are Conflict Diamonds?

Wars are fought over things people hold precious: land, resources, religion and ideologies. So it’s not surprising that something as rare and valued as diamonds can spark controversy and violence.

The terms “blood diamonds” and “conflict diamonds” started being used in the 1990s, when the rest of the world found out that the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola sold $3.72 billion worth of diamonds to fund a brutal civil war. In 1998, the United Nations passed a resolution forbidding the purchase of these blood diamonds from Angola. However, the illicit diamond business had already spread. Rebels in several African countries – including Liberia, Ivory Coast, Angola, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo – have all financed wars with diamonds.

In addition to war itself, the trade in conflict diamonds contributes to many human rights abuses, including forced child labor, torture, sexual violence, slavery and murder. Eventually terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda also entered the conflict diamond business.

The UN’s definition of conflict diamonds is: "...diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council."

The Kimberley Process

Civilized people the world over agreed that an end must come to this bloody business. By the year 2000, many stakeholders – from government leaders to diamond business bigwigs to ordinary consumers yearning for a conflict-free diamond engagement ring – insisted on doing something about these tainted stones. They began hashing out what would come to be known as the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme

The scheme was adopted in 2003. It attempts to prevent conflict diamonds from being sold as legitimate diamonds by tracking rough diamonds all along the production chain. About 80 governments have integrated the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme into national law.

To join the Kimberley Process, countries must meet these requirements:

  • Don’t produce conflict diamonds
  • Only trade diamonds with other member countries
  • Attach certificates to exports of rough diamonds

The Sylvie Collection takes part in this movement by making sure all their diamonds satisfy these conditions. You can shop with confidence, knowing you’re getting a conflict-free diamond engagement ring when buying from the Sylvie Collection.