The Kimberley Process is an international certification scheme that regulates trade in rough diamonds. It aims to prevent the flow of conflict diamonds, while helping to protect legitimate trade in rough diamonds. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) outlines the rules that govern the trade in rough diamonds. The KPCS has developed a set of minimum requirements that each participant must meet. The KP is not, strictly speaking, an international organisation: it has no permanent offices or permanent staff. It relies on the contributions – under the principle of ‘burden-sharing' – of participants, supported by industry and civil society observers. Neither can the KP be considered as an international agreement from a legal perspective, as it is implemented through the national legislations of its participants.
For a participant to be a member of KP and for their stones to be awarded a KP Cerificate, the member company must:-
Satisfy ‘minimum requirements’ and establish national legislation, institutions and import/export controls
Commit to transparent practices and to the exchange of critical statistical data
Trade only with fellow members who also satisfy the fundamentals of the agreement
Certify shipments as conflict-free and provide the supporting certification
It is important to maintain transparency on the source of our diamonds. It is also important to us that our buyers are confident with their purchase and the Provenance that comes with it.
On request, KAO/SMD are pleased to be able to provide a Diamond Provenance document, documenting a stone's journey from recovery to sale. This document could include, but is not limited to:
Recovery date of a single special stone
Recovery weight of a single special stone
Facies, Block and Elevation of a single special stone
Geographical location of the mine
Brief summary of the Geology of the source
KP certificate No. and/or copy of the certificate
Tender number, date and LOT number
GIA Origin Report
GIA (Gemological Insitute of America) is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. A public benefit, nonprofit institute, GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewellery.Apart from education and research, GIA strives to protect the gem and jewelry buying public by setting global quality standards.
The GIA Diamond Origin Report uses scientific evaluation to provide confirmation of a diamond’s geographic origin. Origin information for a diamond helps you distinguish between natural and laboratory-grown diamonds and deliver a strong message on the good mined diamonds do for the country they come from. Proof of a diamond’s origin provides the peace-of-mind a consumer needs before they purchase and you can use this origin information as a way to build trust and credibility with your customers.
The GIA Diamond Origin Report service includes:
A printed report containing GIA’s full, authoritative 4Cs grading assessment, including plotted diagram of the polished diamond
Confirmation of the diamond’s geographic origin, with the country clearly stated on the report
Inscription of report number on the diamond’s girdle for added security and identification
Enhanced Report Check features such as full-color digital images of the diamond in its rough and polished state, as well as an image-rich story of the diamond’s country of origin