What are Conflict-Free Diamonds?Sadly, we live in a world where precious resources like diamonds can be mined with unethical practices such as slavery, war, and theft. Jewelers and customers who aren’t interested in diamonds steeped in blood pause when they consider the thought that the diamonds that grace a given engagement ring or wedding band might be the product of slave labor.
A method of combating the spread of blood diamonds is the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). The KPCS was created in 2003 as a cooperative effort between major diamond-producing countries and major diamond consumers.
Certified by the United Nations, KPCS miner-to-manufacturer protocols assure compliance by demanding that all international shipments of rough diamonds are sent to facilities in tamper-resistant containers that have the KP certificate seal that attests to the fact that they weren’t mined with unethical processes or are being used to fund violent paramilitaries.
BARONS Jewelers takes pains to only work with designers whose pieces are made with KP-certified diamonds, meaning that when you find the wedding band or engagement ring of your dreams at our Dublin, California showroom, you can rest easy knowing that you haven’t picked a piece of jewelry that will make the world a worse place.
FireCushion Diamonds at BARONS JewelersFireCushion is a line of diamonds designed by FireMark, a branch of Forevermark. You may recognize the name “Forevermark” as being synonymous with quality diamond jewelry, but did you know that the company leads the pack in conflict-free diamond mining and cutting procedures?
For every hectare of land that goes into mining a Forevermark diamond, the company sets aside 6 hectares to be reserved as a nature preserve. So far, 200,000 hectares around Forevermark mines have been set aside in this fashion. Plus, Forevermark diamonds fund women & girl empowerment programs in the countries in which the rough gems are mined.
When you purchase a ring with a FireCushion diamond in it, you’re purchasing a ring that adds to the quality of life for women, men, and children in Africa—and boasts the world’s most perfectly crafted cushion-cut diamond, too.