Category Archives: Kimberley Process

A Tribute from US Senate floor

We are both honored and flattered that Senator Dick Durbin recognized our work in support of responsible sourcing, human rights and the environment on the Senate floor on February 28th. We believe that taking a stand on any of the subjects we tackle and engaging where we can is the least we can do, both as […]

…And Now He’s Not.

In a shocking reversal and despite the fact all charges against him were dropped, Angola has decided to prosecute Rafael Marques anyways. He once again faces the prospect of jail time. We will continue our calls to have his rights protected and will work through our channels to help his cause. Stay tuned.

Victory! Rafael Marques is Free!

Our friend, a human rights activist facing ten years in prison and $1.2 million in fines for speaking out on behalf of artisanal diamond miners and their families, walked out of court a free man today. Along with a coalition of NGOs including Amnesty International, two jewelers spoke out in support of Rafael while the entire diamond […]

Two Jewelers Take a Stand

A short while ago, we were approached by a coalition of NGOs hoping to get retail jewelers to speak up on behalf of investigative journalist, Rafael Marques de Morais, whose book Blood Diamonds: Corruption and Torture in Angola, features detailed accounts of torture and human rights abuses in Angola’s diamond sector. We have known Rafael for many years and […]

Conflict Diamonds Appearing in the Marketplace

Despite the claims by the Kimberley Process to have put an end to conflict diamonds, new evidence has surfaced showing that banned gems from Central African Republic are entering the diamond supply chain. Disguised as “unknown origin” diamonds, these conflict stones are very likely appearing in jewelry stores across America. The Central African Republic has […]

Canadian Diamond Earrings

Classic diamond stud earrings are the perfect accessory. From denim to dress, their simplicity makes them a wardrobe staple. At Leber Jeweler, we believe beauty and responsibility go together. All our 18k gold or platinum diamond earrings are hand-crafted in our Chicago workshop using genuine Canadian origin diamonds. While many jewelers claim their diamonds are […]

When “conflict” isn’t conflict?

The Kimberley Process Intersessional is being held this week and it appears unlikely the KP will reform the definition of “conflict diamonds” this year.  As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, the definition of a “conflict diamond” under the KP’s working language is so limited that it fails to take into account any violence or bloodshed that […]

These Election Results Brought to You by the Letter “D”

With the “D” being diamonds, it really comes as no surprise that Robert Mugabe has won Zimbabwe’s election by a “landslide” as dictatorships are apt to do. Based on the results of an election with “record turnouts” which included an estimated two million dead people who were registered to vote, this means that his political […]

In Support of a Human Rights Activist in Angola

I’ve known human rights activist and journalist Rafael Marques de Morais for several years now. His work raising awareness of the plight of diamond miners in Angola is remarkable and we’ve done what we can to support his efforts. For many years, the private security services hired to protect diamond mining concessions operated by civilian business partners […]

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 […]