What can I, as a consumer, do?

Ultimately, the success of the Kimberley Process is in the hands of consumers. We appreciate your effort to make sure that you are buying certified diamonds. The KP does not certify individual jewellers. However, a reputable business should be able to answer the following questions: How can I be sure your jewellery does not contain conflict diamonds? Do your diamond suppliers participate in the industry's ‘System of Warranties'*? Can I see a copy of your company's policy on conflict diamonds? *The diamond industry has set up a 'System of Warranties' that complements, but is distinct from, the Kimberley Process. Find out more about the System of Warranties.

How does a country join the Kimberley Process?

A country must meet the minimum requirements of the Kimberley Process (KP) as set out in the relevant sections of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) document, and submit its application to the Chair, who then requests the participation committee to consider it. The KP has a mandate from the United Nations to be inclusive and, in principle, all countries with a stake in the diamond business are encouraged to join. Under the scheme's requirements, KP participants may only import or export rough diamonds to or from other participants.

Where can I find more information on the KP?

Please have a look at the documents section on this website. Especially recommended are the KPCS document itself and the third year review that was published at the end of 2006. In addition, you could visit the websites listed in the links section.