Non-Conflict Policy

Light Masters Diamond Group, LLC. is in full support of the international community’s zero tolerance policy towards conflict diamonds. Thus, each and every Solasfera diamond is precisely tracked and upholds the strictest safe guards in insuring that they are 100 percent conflict free. Therefore, you have confidence that each and every diamond under the Solasfera brand is conflict free. Together we can work towards insuring that the world’s diamond supply is 100 percent conflict free.

– Solasfera, Set Light Free

Non-Conflict Background

In July 2000, the global diamond industry made clear to the international community its zero tolerance policy towards conflict diamonds. Dedicated to eradicating the trade in conflict diamonds, it worked closely with the United Nations, governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada to create the Kimberley Process Certification System. This system was formally adopted in 2003 and guards against conflict diamonds entering the legitimate diamond supply chain. The diamond industry also adopted a voluntary System of Warranties to assure consumers that their diamonds are from sources free of conflict.

Today 71 governments have enshrined into their national law the Kimberley Process Certification System, and now more than 99 percent of the world’s diamonds are from conflict free sources.

“Through the worldwide implementation of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme we have begun to fulfill the international community’s obligation to those who have suffered in Africa’s wars by banning the trade in conflict diamonds. We have eliminated conflict diamond financing in Sierra Leone and are committed to bring the proceeds from the diamond trade to benefit the people of Sierra Leone, Angola and Liberia as well as all other diamond producing countries such as Botswana to help themselves support economic development of their countries.”

– Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel, Former U.S. Special Negotiator for Conflict Diamonds

Diamond Facts

1. An estimated 5 million people have access to appropriate healthcare globally thanks to revenues from diamonds.

2. Conflict diamonds have been reduced from approximately 4 percent to considerably less than 1 percent since the implementation of the Kimberley Process in 2003.

3. An estimated 10 million people globally are directly or indirectly supported by the diamond industry.

4. The diamond mining industry generates over 40 percent of Namibia’s annual export earnings.

5. Diamond revenues enable every child in Botswana to receive free education up to the age of 13.

6. In July 2000, the global diamond industry announced its zero-tolerance policy towards conflict diamonds and continues to drive this policy.

7. Sierra Leone is now at peace and exported approximately $142 million diamonds in 2005

8. Approximately one million people are employed by the diamond industry in India.

9. Approximately $8.4 billion worth of diamonds a year come from African countries.

10. More than 99 percent of diamonds are now from conflict free sources and traded under the UN-mandated Kimberley Process.

11. The Diamond Development Initiative was established to improve the working conditions of artisanal miners.

12. The revenue from diamonds is instrumental in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

13. Under the Kimberley Process, rough diamonds can only be exported and imported when accompanied by a certificate from the exporting country.

14. The charity Jewelers for Children funds a community based care program for orphaned children in South Africa.

15. An estimated 65 percent of the world’s diamonds come from African countries.

16. Today, 71 governments and the legitimate diamond industry are all committed and legally bound to eradicating conflict diamonds.

17. The diamond industry has introduced a system to help give greater assurances to retailers and to provide consumers with the reassurance that their diamond is from a conflict free source.

18. Diamonds account for 33 percent of the GDP (approximately $3 billion) of Botswana. Since diamonds were discovered in Botswana, GDP annual growth rate has averaged 7 percent.

19. Major world leaders – including Nelson Mandela – have cited the importance of diamonds to the lives of African people.

20. It is estimated that one million people work in the informal (astisanal) alluvial diamond digging sector.

21. Some diamond producing countries are not Kimberley Process compliant.

22. In November, 2006, 71 Governments, leading NGOs, and the World Diamond Council agreed on measures to further strengthen the Kimberley Process.

23. At the 2006 Kimberley Process Plenary, the industry committed funds and resources to address challenges faced by countries with a high prevalence of artisanal alluvial mining