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The DCLA Conflict-Free Diamond Policy
DCLA only diamonds imported into Australia under the Kimberly Process are listed on the site. DCLA does not, under any circumstances, allow unethical diamonds.
What are conflict diamonds?
Conflict diamonds are diamonds that originate from areas controlled by rebel forces that are opposed to the governments in power. Also known as 'blood diamonds', they are used to finance insurgency wars against these governments. Similar in status to conflict minerals such as oil and timber from war torn nations, conflict diamonds directly contribute to violence. To halt such unethical trade, the Kimberley Process was established in 2003 to prevent the inclusion of conflict diamonds into mainstream international diamond trade.
About the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme
Australia is one of the 54 participants in the Kimberley Process - a certification scheme that was initiated so as to avoid the trade of conflict diamonds, preventing such sales from financing rebel activities against legitimate governments. The scheme was adopted through resolutions in the United Nations General Assembly in December 2000. Within three years, the United Nations Security Council supported and eventually established it in January 2003. Since them the General Assembly regularly renews support for the Kimberley Process.