Welcome to Conflict Neutral
Welcome to Conflict Neutral from The Ethical Diamond Ring Co. engagement rings. We act as a registry for charitable donations to do some good with diamond sales. We accept a minimum donation of 1% of the total sale value.
Much of Africa is very unstable with a great number of civil wars and regular militia group violence in recent years. A large amount of this is funded by the black market trade of items such as diamonds, cassiterite, coltan and gold. In the past 15 years, an estimated 500,000 Angolans, 50,000 people in Sierra Leone, and nearly 4 million people in the DRC have died from civil wars funded through the illegal sale of conflict diamonds.
The value of illegal diamond sales has fallen dramatically with the advent of the Kimberley Process but there is still a market of approx. $100 million! The Kimberley Process only regulates uncut stones so although this gives some assurance, no individual cut diamond is traceable. It is therefore impossible to say that any diamond is definitely conflict-free.
Additionally, by sale and demand economics, any diamond sale helps to maintain the high value of diamonds which makes it possible to trade diamonds illegally; if nobody bought african diamonds then they could not be sold for weapons. However, this is undesirable as much of Africa relies upon diamond sales for economic stability.
In order to improve matters in these regions action is needed beyond the regulation of diamond sales. The diamond industry does have a responsibility to regulate the trade in diamonds but it is unlikely that illegal trade will ever be entirely eliminated. As these groups thrive on instability and political chaos we believe that to ensure the security of people in these area political stability is needed. As part of the diamond industry we feel we have a responsibility to help those people who have suffered because of diamond sales. We also feel a responsibility to work towards a secure future for these people. This is why we support charities who work to these aims.
As it is currently impossible to trace any individual cut diamond it is impossible to be sure whether your diamond is indeed conflict free. Even if your diamond is conflict free the economics mean that your diamond helps to raise the value of diamonds for illegal trade. Act to neutralise some of the harm caused by diamond sales with a traceable charity donation of 1% of the value of your diamond sale. We provide transparent tracking of all registrations and funds and operate on a non profit making basis.
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