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Guest Column by Marc Choyt

Why The Kimberley Certification Process For “Conflict Free Diamonds” Must Be Abandoned (Part Two of Two)

As outlined in my first post, the Kimberley Process Certification is failing to ensure the conflict-free status of the diamonds it certifies. I believe 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.

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Guest Column by Marc Choyt

Why The Kimberley Certification Process For “Conflict Free Diamonds” Must Be Abandoned (Part One of Two)

The Kimberley Process Certification is fatally flawed, providing cover for serious human rights violations while purporting to guarantee conflict-free status. Part One of a two-part series examines the problems.

The big family secret in the jewelry sector is that the Kimberley Process Certification (KP), which created a system to prevent blood diamonds from entering the supply chain, now certifies blood diamonds as “conflict free.”

Yet, jewelers continue to rely on this now discredited system as an assurance of ethical diamond sourcing. This is an unacceptable practice and its time for KP to be abandoned by jewelers and the public, now.

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Guest Column by Jeff Baker

Even if you have a small home-based jewelry business, having proper insurance coverage is critical to make sure you fully recover after a loss. Protecting the jewelry industry since 1913, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has advice to help you choose the right insurance coverage so a loss doesn’t put you out of business for good.

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Guest Column by Martin Taber

Ethical Metalsmiths’ NEW Ethical Sourcing Consortium will be purchasing certified Fairtrade and FAIRMINED gold from Peru later this month.

April was a pivotal month with many significant strides in developing the Consortium’s interests.

Christina Miller presented a compelling presentation on Fairtrade and Fairminded gold as part of the Gold Conference panel on Conflict Gold.
Christina and I scheduled calls to speak directly with the miners at the two mines from which we are planning to make our initial gold purchase. We are so excited to finally have the opportunity to engage them directly.
Our letter writing campaign asking ARM/FLO to maintain 100% traceability in the FT/FM gold standards was largely responsibility for those organizations overhauling their standards review process to account for the needs of artisan jewelers.
Ethical Metalsmiths was invited to send a representative to London in May to help shape the new Fairtrade gold labeling standards.
We have secured a working agreement with a major US refiner to provide Consortium jewelers with mill product in Fairtrade and FAIRMINED gold.
We unveiled our special one-time Circle of Founders campaign established to successfully launch the Ethical Sourcing Consortium.

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Guest Column by John Rose

It is a necessary part of this trade that once an item is made it has to be documented for a variety of purposes e.g., inventory, sales promotion, exhibition and a portfolio record of the artist’s work. Very few craftspeople can afford to hire a professional photographer to take pictures of all the things they make, so most of us become more or less proficient at taking our own photos. Many of us do our own photography for the full range of purposes that images are needed for, and supplement our efforts with professionally done images for more important publicity work such as a magazine cover.

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