Making a Difference
No Conflict Diamonds
 
Richard's Gems & Jewelry is a strong supporter of helping to eradicate conflict diamonds from the market. We do everything in our power to make sure the high quality diamonds we offer our customers come from only non-conflict regions of the world. Please read on to learn how the industry as a whole is working to end the use of conflict diamonds.
 
 
Diamond Facts
 
- An estimated 5 million people have access to appropriate healthcare globally thanks to revenues from diamonds.
- Conflict diamonds have been reduced from approximately 4% to considerably less than 1% since the implementation of the Kimberley Process in 2003.
- Diamond revenues enable every child in Botswana to receive free education up to the age of 13.
- An estimated 10 million people globally are directly or indirectly supported by the diamond industry.
- The charity Jewelers for Children funds a community based care program for orphaned children in South Africa.
- The diamond mining industry generates over 40% of Namibia's annual export earnings.
- The Diamond Development Initiative was established to improve the working conditions of artisanal miners.
- Approximately one million people are employed by the diamond industry in India.
- Approximately $8.4 billion worth of diamonds a year come from African countries.
- The revenue from diamonds is instrumental in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
- In July 2000, the global diamond industry announced its zero-tolerance policy towards conflict diamonds and continues to drive this policy.

 

If you would like more information on how diamods are helping to better the lives of people throughout the world, please visit: diamondfacts.org

 

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