JCK’s Ultimate Guide to Blood Diamonds

This past Friday, JCK senior editor Rob Bates wrote a blog post exploring the possibilities and pitfalls facing the Kimberley Process in 2012. Rob’s post not only opens up more conversation on one of the most important issues in the jewelry industry today, but also adds to more than a decade’s worth of coverage of blood diamonds in our magazine and on our website.

I put together this compilation to give both new and current members of the industry a starting point in understanding the issues involving conflict diamonds. For more comprehensive information in the future, one can do no better than to follow Bates’ blog Cutting Remarks

3 Quotes About the Kimberley Process

  • “I think diamonds are probably better than most extractive industries when it comes to Africa. When you look at oil or uranium, they don’t have a Kimberley Process,” said Russell Simmons in JCK in June 2008. “Today, the question is not whether a diamond is a conflict diamond. To me, a conflict diamond is a diamond that comes out of the ground and the people don’t benefit.”
  • “Anything the industry has done has been little compared to how much it has benefited,” said Blood Diamond director Edward Zwick in JCK in June 2007. “Indeed, there needs to be more done and it needs to be not just toward Botswana and South Africa, but throughout Africa. There were a lot of proposals discussed and talk is important, but talk is cheap and it will be interesting to see from afar what is created or acted upon.”
  • “Right now, there are a lot of caveats and hurdles to getting a review mission under way,” Ian Smillie of the nongovernmental organization Partnership Africa Canada said in JCK in June 2002. “If what you want is a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, you can’t do that without a Good Housekeeping Institute. Otherwise, it’s really just governments and companies promising to do better, and after 10 years and billions of dollars in conflict diamonds, promises really aren’t enough.”

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