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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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