Category Archives: Canadian Diamonds

Kimberley Process Lowers the Bar…Again

Despite the objections from a number of civil society groups, the Kimberley Process has decided to withdraw monitors and allow unhindered exports of diamonds from Zimbabwe’s troubled Marange region. One of the main concerns remaining is that revenue from Zimbabwe’s diamonds is being used to directly fund Robert Mugabe, his allies, and the political party […]

KP Chair Calls for New Definition of Conflict Diamonds

Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic, the US chair of the Kimberley Process, called on KP participants to arrive at a new definition for conflict diamonds to keep pace with global issues and respond to consumers’ desire for conflict-free diamonds. To date, the Kimberley Process has defined conflict diamonds as “rough diamonds used by armed rebel groups” to fund […]

CBS Chicago’s Best Jewelry Designers List

We are honored to make the list of the best jewelry designers in Chicago, as selected by CBS Chicago. At Leber Jeweler, we strive to combine good design with ethical materials with our Earthwise Jewelry® Collection and thank the writer for acknowledging our work in these areas.

Conflict Diamonds & India

This week, Customs officials in India issued an alert that conflict diamonds are finding their way into India for processing which are then exported to the US and EU. According to the Times of India, investigations revealed that the diamonds were of Zimbabwean origin and were smuggled into India via Kenya. According to the Indian […]

Michigan Avenue Magazine: Q&A with Brian Leber

We’ve been featured by Michigan Avenue Magazine in an interview with company president Brian Leber, covering topics including social responsibility as well as the nature of Chicago design. You can read the interview here.

US Sanctions Against Zimbabwe Diamonds

We have stated this time and time again. Importing Zimbabwean diamonds into the US is against the law. Since 2008, the United States has had targeted sanctions in place against many of the key actors profiting from Zimbabwe’s diamonds, including the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation. Conducting financial transactions with these individuals and entities, either directly […]

Zimbabwe’s Conflict Diamonds: Just in Time for Christmas

The diamond industry embarrasses itself…again. Zimbabwe has been given permission to begin exporting diamonds from Marange with full approval from the Kimberley Process, despite documentation of widespread human rights abuses in the diamond fields and strong opposition from NGOs. While the World Diamond Council calls this a “historic success” and the World Federation of Diamond Bourses lauds the […]

The Risks of “Unknown Origin” Diamonds

The smuggling of diamonds from countries like Zimbabwe and Angola into the international market accounts for 15-20 per cent of rough stones in circulation, according to some reports. While this estimated percentage may be a bit high (tracking smuggling is an inexact science), it highlights a very serious concern. Smuggled unknown origin diamonds,which the Kimberley Process does not recognize as “conflict […]