Conflict Free Diamonds...
All diamonds supplied within our jewellery are conflict free, please find more information on hallmarking and conflict diamonds below.
Lloyds Family Jewellery confirms our diamonds to be free from funding conflict and in compliance with United Nations resolutions. Our certificates for diamond jewellery carry the following guarantee:
We confirm that all items of jewellery specified in this document are authentic. All materials used are genuine and UK hallmarked. Diamonds supplied are conflict free and all gemstones are non-synthetic.
What are Conflict Diamonds?
Conflict diamonds are diamonds illegally traded to fund conflict in war-torn areas. The United Nations defines conflict diamonds as "diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council."
Most diamonds are mined in large scale industrial operations however there has been cases where a small percentage are sought to fund conflict in war torn areas. The good news is that strict legislation is now in place to stop illegitimate diamonds from getting on the open market.
What is being done?
World Diamond Council; Amid growing concern over human rights violations and atrocities committed against innocent victims in diamond producing countries, the World Federation of Diamond Bourses and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association passed a resolution at their Antwerp meeting in July 2000, creating the World Diamond Council.
The resolution called for the newly formed WDC to include representation from the diamond industry itself and also from among countries where diamonds play a major economic role and from the international banking sector. The ultimate mandate for the World Diamond Council is the development, implementation and oversight of a tracking system for the export and import of rough diamonds to prevent the exploitation of diamonds for illicit purposes such as war and inhumane acts. Human rights activists refer to diamonds exploited in this way as blood diamonds or conflict diamonds.
Under the Kimberley Process, diamond shipments can only be exported and imported within co-participant countries in the Kimberley Process. Trade between participants and non-participants is not allowed. Only certified shipments of rough diamonds are permitted to enter or leave a participant's country.
Diamonds are monitored from mining through to retail in order to prevent diamonds from areas of conflict entering into the legitimate diamond supply chain. These monitoring processes are called the Kimberley Process.
Gold Jewellery supplied by Lloyds Family Jewellery is hallmarked according to UK legislation by an independent Assay Office
Nowhere else in the world are consumers more highly protected than in the UK. The UK is one of only a few countries in the world that have compulsory statutory hallmarking. This means that every item sold as precious metal, ie gold, silver or platinum must have been tested and hallmarked by an independent third-party Assay Office to guarantee that the precious metal is of the fineness stated.
The law applies to all precious metals sold in the UK , regardless of where it may have been manufactured. The only exemptions are items which fall beneath the specified weight thresholds which are 1 gram for gold, 7.78 grams for silver and 0.5 grams for platinum.
All Gold Jewellery supplied by Lloyds Family Jewellery is UK hallmarked according to UK legislation by an independent Assay Office. The Birmingham Assay Office official website is an excellent source for more details on hallmarking