Most consumers cannot be sure where their diamonds come from nor if their diamonds are financing armed violence.
In 2003 the United Nations introduced the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) to certify that diamonds are conflict free. The KPCS defines conflict diamonds as those which are funding rebel armies in areas of conflict. One flaw in the process is that it does not recognize governments who are committing acts of violence in their own country. In 2011 Zimbabwe was reinstated into the Kimberley Process despite evidence of human rights abuses in the production of its diamonds.
To educate more people on the issues surrounding Zimbabwe and the Kimberley Process, Ingle and Rhode ethical diamonds created the following infographic:
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