According to data from the Kimberley Process, the international watchdog set up to stop the trade of conflict diamonds, these gems account today for less than 1% of the total traded worldwide. Yet their definition remains limited to “rough diamonds illegally traded by rebel movements or their allies to finance armed conflicts aimed at undermining legitimate governments.”
Some countries, such as Australia, have pushed lately to expand the concept so that it better enforces human rights protection and ethical mining everywhere, and not just in rebels-torn countries.
Brilliant Earth has put together this infographic, explaining the current status of this issue and what can be done to choose certified conflict-free diamonds.
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