Recent studies and reports have demonstrated that a small percentage of diamonds coming from the African continent among other resources have been sold in order to fund rebel movements. While less then 1% of the world’s diamonds come from conflict sources, Andrews Jewelers believes in the importance of eliminating all conflict diamonds.
In an effort to support this well needed initiative Andrews Jewelers adheres to the System of Warranties, this warranty system requires all of our suppliers to give written guarantees of the origin for the diamonds they sell us. In addition, we have made a firm stance with our suppliers that any violation of this guarantee will not be tolerated.
Diamonds from legitimate sources have been a vital part of the growth and support of the economic system of the African continent and its people. They have provided roads, hospitals and education. Together we can help save lives and supply growth for the African people by protecting the legitimate diamond trade and eliminating conflict diamonds.
The Kimberley Process is a joint government, international diamond industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds - rough diamonds that are used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments. The trade in these illicit stones has contributed to devastating conflicts in countries such as Angola, Cote d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme is an innovative, voluntary system that imposes extensive requirements on participants to certify that shipments of rough diamonds are free from conflict diamonds. The Kimberley Process is composed of 45 Participants, including the European Community. Kimberley Process Participants account for approximately 99.8% of the global production of rough diamonds. To learn more about conflict diamonds go to www.diamondfacts.org, or www.kimberleyprocess.com.
On April 23, 2003 President Bush signed into law H.R. 1584, "Clean Diamond Trade Act". This Act enables the United States to implement processes developed by the diamond industry, 50 countries, and the United Nations to prevent "conflict diamonds" from entering the 50 participating nations. To read more on the Clean Diamond Trade Act read the White House Statement