March 03, 2017 2 min read
An estimated 5 million people who would not otherwise have access to appropriate healthcare globally, have it thanks to revenues from diamonds.
Conflict diamonds have been reduced from approximately 4% of the global diamond trade, to considerably less than 1% since the implementation of the Kimberley Process in 2003. “While the number of conflict diamonds has been reduced,” says the World Diamond Council, “and this is an improvement, it is still not enough. The diamond industry will continue its efforts until conflict diamonds are eradicated completely.”
Major world leaders - including the late Nelson Mandela - have cited the importance of diamonds to the lives of African people.
Diamond revenues enable every child in Botswana to receive free education up to the age of 13.
The “Diamond Development Initiative” was established to improve the working conditions of artisanal miners.
More than 99% of diamonds are now from conflict-free sources and traded under the UN-mandated Kimberley Process. If you’re buying from a jeweler you trust, who stocks diamonds from conflict-free suppliers, it’s virtually impossible that you’ll ever come in contact with a conflict diamond.
The revenue from diamonds is instrumental in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
The charity “Jewelers for Children” funds a community based care program for orphaned children in South Africa.
Garcia & Co. Jewelers is the only American Gem Society Certified retail store in the Four Corners, we have staff that is professionally trained by the Gemological Institute of America, and all of our diamonds come from conflict free suppliers. For more information, visit:
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