Conflict diamonds, also referred to as blood diamonds or war diamonds, are diamonds that originate from areas that are controlled by forces or factions, or corrupt governments, responsible for fueling conflict and wars.
Small scale diamond mining was exploited and these diamonds were often used to fund military action by the forces, action that has resulted in the loss of an estimated 3-4 million lives in Sierra Leone, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Whilst many of these conflicts have now been somewhat resolved, the problem of conflict diamonds still exists and always will. Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery, together with others in the industry, has a duty to the millions who have suffered to make sure these diamonds do not infiltrate the diamond industry.
Although this topic has attracted media coverage lately, it is something Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery has always been passionate about. We have always tried as hard as possible to ensure no conflict diamonds have ever found their way into our jewellery.
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