Blue Nile, along with the global diamond industry, has a zero-tolerance policy toward conflict diamonds. Through measures such as the Kimberley Process, which tracks diamonds from mine to market, the industry in partnership with the United Nations, governments, and non-governmental organizations, polices diamond exports to prevent the trade of illegal diamonds. At Blue Nile, we only purchase diamonds through the largest and most respected suppliers who, like us, proudly adhere to and enforce the standards established by the Kimberley Process. All Blue Nile diamonds are warranted to be conflict free. If one of our suppliers was ever found to be in violation of that process, we would immediately sever that relationship. We will continue to support and promote any process that works to uphold legitimacy in the diamond trade. Diamonds are mined throughout the world. Diamonds are a major source of good in many African nations, employing and providing healthcare to thousands. For more information on this issue, please visit DiamondFacts.org.
Ethically Sourced Engagement Rings and Jewellery
The Blue Nile Conflict-Free Diamond Policy
About the Kimberley Process
Blue Nile supports the Kimberley process, which is an International process to track and certify diamonds. In April 2003, congress and President Bush passed a law adopting the Kimberley Process that requires all US diamond retailers to buy diamonds from manufacturers who have documentation warranting that the merchandise was obtained through legitimate channels. Today, the US Customs Service actively enforces the Kimberley Process requirements as diamonds enter American ports.
Concerning Zimbabwe Diamonds
Blue Nile is committed to ensuring that the highest ethical standards are observed when sourcing our diamonds and jewellery. Because of the reported human rights abuses in Zimbabwe's Marange diamond district, Blue Nile will not purchase or offer diamonds from that area. As a responsible member of the diamond and jewellery industry, we are working with our suppliers to ensure our consumers receive only the finest goods procured from ethical sources.
Commitments to Ethical Metals
In addition to our proud adherence to stringent standards for ethically sourced diamonds, we are also bringing sustainability and ethical sourcing to our gold and metals. This includes sourcing responsibly mined gold in respect to environmental and human rights factors.
The Blue Nile Position on Responsible Mining
Across our business, Blue Nile observes the highest ethical standards. We insist our business partners do the same. This extends to our gold sourcing. The issue of responsible mining is an important one and deserves our attention. As a signatory of Earthworks' No Dirty Gold Golden Rules, we will:
- Work to ensure that our gold and metals come from suppliers that meet the highest human rights, social, and environmental criteria.
- Engage suppliers to influence the sourcing of gold products.
- Research mining, refinement, and manufacturing practices of gold that moves through the supply chain.
- Give preference to suppliers that source gold from mines that observe high standards of environmental stewardship.
- In concert with our suppliers, commit to increased gold sourcing from recycled and secondary sources.
- Measure and establish benchmarks with a goal of continuous improvement.
Blue Nile views its policy on responsible mining as an evolving standard. It commits to continuously review our position with the goal of expanding it over time to have the broadest possible impact.
Expanding Lab-Created Offerings
Lab-grown diamonds are an increasingly popular choice for ethical jewellery. These are conflict-free diamonds that forgo the mining process and are, instead, created in a laboratory setting. These lab stones are real diamonds that have been manufactured instead of mined. They are an excellent choice for ethical diamonds to be used in rings, bracelets, necklaces or earrings.
Conflict-Free Diamond FAQs
- What are ethical diamonds?
- Ethical diamonds are conflict-free diamonds. They are confirmed, via The Kimberly Process, to be transparently mined and do not support wars or uncivil organizations.
- Are lab diamonds ethical?
- Lab-created diamonds are an additional option for conflict-free stones.
- How can I verify that diamonds are conflict-free
- The best way to verify that your diamond are ethical is to purchase from jewellers that adhere to The Kimberly Process. We are proud to exclusively carry ethically sourced diamonds.
- What is The Kimberly Process?
- The Kimberly Process is a certification program that utilizes safeguards on rough diamonds to ensure that they are conflict-free.
- Where can I find ethical engagement rings?
- We are proud to offer a leading selection of ethical engagement rings, with conflict-free diamonds and additional care offered for metal mining.
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