Conflict diamonds are diamonds illegally obtained by rebel movements in Africa in order to fund wars against legitimate and internationally recognised governments.
Kimberley Process Certification Scheme
In 2002 fifty two governments ratified and adopted the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, which means these countries have agreed that they will only allow for the import and export of rough diamonds if those rough diamonds come from or are being exported to another Kimberley Process participant. The World Diamond Council proposed that the industry create and implement a system of warranties for diamonds. Under this system, which has been endorsed by all Kimberley Process participants, all buyers and sellers of both rough and polished diamonds must make the following affirmative statement on all invoices: "The diamonds herein invoiced have been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with United Nations resolutions. The seller hereby guarantees that these diamonds are conflict free, based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the supplier of these diamonds."
All diamond jewellery created by Goodman Morris comes with this written guarantee.