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 been experiencing an uptick in violence in recent months. Most recently, Ugandan forces clashed with fighters from Seleka, a mainly Muslim rebel force, as part of the ongoing campaign against Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army.
Diamonds continue to play a part in too many conflicts. At Leber Jeweler, we remain committed to offering conflict-free diamonds from Canada until such time as diamonds can truly benefit the people of the African continent and not fuel bloodshed.