Jewellers for Conflict-free Diamonds
The following jewellers have joined the Canadian
Jewellers for Conflict-free Diamonds initiative. Please
check the list for a jeweller near you.
KAB Boutique, Cornwall Ontario
Tyson Ruoff, Toronto Ontario
Diagold Designs, Edmonton Alberta
Kavar Jewellers, Hamilton Ontario
JB Jewellers Calgary Ltd, Calgary Alberta
Don't see your local jeweller on the list? Encourage your local
jeweller to join - go the action page
for tips, and contact One Sky for resources.
Sky response to recent Kimberley Process meetings
NGOs have long advocated
for regular, independent monitoring to strengthen the Kimberley
Process. Without this integral component, the system does little
to end the trade in conflict diamonds and ensure consumer confidence.
At the recent Kimberley Process meetings in Sun City, many countries,
the World Diamond Council and NGOs proposed a monitoring system
that would ensure all participating countries were monitored within
In the end, a voluntary "peer review" system was agreed
upon. While much weaker than the proposal, it is the first step
in building a more credible system.
"One Sky is pleased with the diamond industry's shift to
become supportive of credible monitoring, and also hopes that
those who supported the initial monitoring proposal step forward
to be reviewed and go beyond the weaker standards that were agreed
to", says One Sky campaigner, Nikki Skuce.
It is encouraging that a number of countries have already stepped
forward to be reviewed, including the DRC. However it is not expected
that review missions, to ensure certification compliance, will
happen until the new year.
One Sky also welcomes Canada as the new Chair of the Kimberley
Process and encourages them in their new leadership position to
continue to strengthen the certification scheme in rough diamonds.
Canadian Jewellery Industry statement to One Sky.
Executive Director of the CJA Catherine Sproule met with One Sky
ED Michael Simpson at the World Jewellery Expo in Toronto to deliver
the following statement dated August 10, 2003:
"The Canadian jewellery industry supports the ongoing work
of the Kimberley Process, including the issue of credible and effective
We believe that government, industry and non-governmental groups
should work together to achieve an effective Kimberley Process.
Together we have, and can continue to work towards a common goal
- the end to a natural resource fuelling African wars.
We fully support our governments leadership role through
the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, as well
as the Ministry of Natural Resources. Their continuing efforts combined
with the worldwide industry and NGOs will help to strengthen
the Kimberley Process.
We look forward to more results at the next meeting in October.
Executive Director, CJA
Catherine Sproule of the CJA shaking hands with One Sky's Michael
Simpson with a statement including a call for better industry, government
and NGO collaboration.
Press release before the World Jewellers Expo
One Sky and Amnesty took to the streets in Toronto before the Expo
where hundreds of people signed in support of independent, regular
monitoring in the Kimberley Process to end the trade in conflict
diamonds. "Citizens groups to Canadian diamond industry: Get
on the bus!" Press release
issued by One Sky and Amnesty on August 7, 2003.
De Beers supports monitoring
The following is an excerpt from a speech made by de Beers Chair
Nicky Oppenheimer at the Kimberley Process Plenary on April 29,
" I believe that transparent verification of both government
and industry procedures is essential to the credibility of the
Certification Scheme in the eyes of the world. It is for this
reason that the industry wholeheartedly supports the NGO's objectives
in securing a credible system of monitoring."
One Sky statement to the Canadian diamond industry
"Conflict Diamonds the Achilles Heel of the Canadian Diamond
Industry" was issued to the Canadian diamond industry by One
Sky on April 15, 2003. Click here to view the statement.
and CJA advisory to the diamond industry
Jewellers Vigilance Canada and the Canadian Jewellers Association
have issued an "advisory to the jewellery industry" on
the Canadian Jewellers for Conflict-free Diamonds initiative. Click
here for a response
to the advisory from One Sky, PAC and Amnesty.