Ava Diamonds and Ethical Sourcing
We at Ava Diamonds take the ethical sourcing of diamonds incredibly serious and are committed to ensuring those values in what we manufacture, buy, and of course, sell. It is our belief that diamonds are mother earth’s gift to us, and as such, the earth that gave us diamonds should be valued and protected, which includes its inhabitants. To make sure of holding these values consistently, we continue evolving with the times and work with suppliers that share the same values of the reduction of environmental impact, while putting a focus on the positive impact that stems from improved conditions for all sides involved in the trade. Customers that purchase from us, know that the diamonds provided to them are accounted for, thanks to our commitment to adhere to the Kimberly Process, which is the leading international system for ensuring proper regulation of diamond sourcing, as well as the World Diamond Council.
We're Commitment to the Kimberly Process
Three Stone Diamond Ring Designs are not just visually stunning, but hold a great deal of romantic meaning. They are often said to symbolize the past, present, and lastly, the future, something soon to be married couples can definitely relate to. representing the Past, Present, and Future.
From a design point of view, more often than not you will see medium-sized stones in a variety of supporting shapes on each opposing side of a large center stone diamond. In some cases, however, all three stones are similar change.
When done correctly, the concept of three stone diamonds brings a lot of benefits to those wearing them. From bringing more attention and increasing the natural qualities the center stone diamond has, to offering a chance for creative combinations, and in certain cases, even different colors.
How the Kimberly Process Originated
The Kimberly process dates back to 2000, but it was officially launched in 2003. The name comes from where it originated, in Kimberly, South Africa, in response to the serious negative impact its mining had on the environment, poor working conditions, and misuse of funds going towards civil wars in Africa.
The Kimberly Process made it its mission to give a fight to “conflict diamonds” and prevent them from entering our industry’s supply chain, first and foremost, it achieves this through increase transparency, and following back on the the use of its revenue, in order to ensure it is not used to support war and other conflicts, in such areas as Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, and others.
As of 2023 there are 85 countries that are committed to the Kimberly process, which shows promising results, some of which are proven in the field already reducing the number of conflict diamonds entering the industry from 4% to 1% and it continues to makes strides to improve more, and we’re happy to do our part by applying and adhering to the process.
The Rules of the Kimberly Process
The main and core rules set by the Kimberly Process are:
Diamonds must be sourced from countries where there is no evidence of its revenue being used towards causing harm or war.
The country involved in providing the sourcing of rough diamonds must offer transparency in the form of national legislations, institutions, and import and export process and control, and also meet the minimum requirements.
- Establishing internal controls to eliminate conflict diamonds in imports and exports
- Appoint Import and Export Authorities
- Ensure that rough diamonds are transported in tamper-resistant packaging
- Collect and maintain records relating to the production, import, and export of rough diamonds.
Human Rights in the Diamond Industry
We at Ava Diamonds are passionate about ensuring the well being of our fellow men and women, and make it a primary responsibility to ensure no human rights are ever abused in any way, and will never knowingly source from groups involved in such behavior. Be it harm in the way of forced labor laws being broken, child labor laws, or mistreatment.
The Kimberly Process and our own process co-exist to help avoid involvement with any companies, or countries, that don’t adhere to these standards and contribute to destabilization of government, or civil unrest.
Our perspective is that humans beings are more precious than any diamond, and should be treated with respect and fairness, and we feel the same way towards the planet.
We are strong believers that responsible sourcing of diamonds is not just a requirement but a necessity for the health of our planet. C Diamond Group actively prioritizes working with suppliers that minimize the environmental impacts of mining, and do our share of promoting these standards throughout our industry.
The Values of Ava Diamonds
Diamonds given to loved ones all have a story, representing true love ever lasting, and should not be tamed in its origin. As one of the earliest adopters of the Kimberly Process, we are passionate about partaking and strive to improve our own process as well as adhering to the code of conduct Kimberly has set forth towards our industry .
In conclusion, the Kimberly Process plays a major role and acts as a tool that aids us in how we identify the diamonds we deal with, helping ensure they are conflict-free. We are delighted to play a part in improving the industry, and are passionate towards promoting better transparency, and accountability in our field.
Taking things further Ava Diamonds also became a member of World Diamond Council, which introduced the System of Warranties to further ensure ethical conduct.
It is our belief that when done with care, sourcing diamonds can be a force for good, improving and giving financial opportunities, as well as additional income by ways of taxes to developing countries that need it the most, and our goal will always be to support that process to the best of our abilities.