Conflict-Free & Ethically Sourced Diamonds
At Eliza Page, we believe in protecting human rights and eliminating conflict diamonds from the global diamond trade. In all aspects of our jewelry, but specifically diamonds, we hold our designers and sources to the highest of ethical standards. We are steadfast in using conflict-free diamonds and materials.
Diamond In The Rough
For thousands of years, diamonds have been revered for their brilliance and beauty. The shine, hardness, and durability of these stones have caused them to be a highly-sought commodity across the globe. It has been a sign of wealth, might and, now, everlasting love. The stones themselves have had a tumultuous journey. Diamond rough spends millions of years developing deep in the earth, under mountains of pressure, until they are forcefully ejected to the surface. Once mined, they are processed, cut, and then transported into your hands.
Diamonds Are Forever
In the late 1940s, diamonds became subject to one of the most impressive advertisement campaigns in history. DeBeers Mining Company, the former monopoly of the South African diamond trade, began enterprising the phrase “diamonds are forever” to increase sales in the United States of America. Now, you can’t think of engagement or marriage without a large “rock” on the bride's hand.
Ethically Mined and Conflict-Free
Most diamond consumers are aware of the ethical controversy that led to the extreme scrutiny over the industry that exists today. It is important to recognize the validity of the production of diamonds, and the path it leaves behind. Eliza Page only works with conflict-free diamond dealers and designers that follow Kimberly Process rules and regulations. The Kimberly Process was introduced in 2003 to remove and restrict conflict diamonds in the diamond trade, which essentially eliminated their existence in today's market. The Kimberly Process unites 82 countries to regulate the trade of diamond rough, and certifies lawfully traded diamonds. Many of our designers are also members of the Responsible Jewellry Council, which is an organization dedicated to increasing standards of supply chain in the industry, and uniting companies who share in that belief.
Some of our diamond partners are family-owned companies, going back even six generations. Their diamond mines are found in many places, but the majority are found in Botswana, Northern Canada, Western Australia, and Russia. The diamond trade has positively impacted those regions, by providing jobs and economic stimulus. These benefits go towards building necessary infrastructure, buildings, and even schools. An example of the positive impact of the conflict-free diamond trade is the increase of per capita income in Botswana, which has reportedly doubled in the last 75 years.
Diamonds are graded on four core characteristics - clarity, cut, color, and carat weight. Clarity evaluates the size, shape, and number of inclusions, or “birthmarks” that are in the diamond. Cut is the precise way the facets of the stone interact with the light, and how it reflects out of the top of the diamond. Color refers to the clear nature of the diamond, or actually a lack of color - unless we are talking about colored diamonds, of course. Lastly, the carat weight directly means the weight of the diamond.
All of these traits are considered when a stone is graded. This grade is included in the certification of the stone, which you receive at purchase! Some of the institutions responsible for providing this unbiased, scientific report are the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), International Gemological Institute (IGI), and Gem Certification & Assurance Lab (GCAL). These are important for consumer comparisons, and also for industry professionals, when discussing stones and making sure all parties are equally informed. Another safeguard in place for your conflict-free diamond, is the Gemprint ™. Many diamond industry participants utilize this technology to record the unique characteristics of each diamond, adding its “fingerprint” in their system in case of loss or theft.
Diamonds are sought after in high volume across the world. There has also been a rising interest in the long term global and environmental effects of diamond mines. Recently, earth-mined diamonds are replicated in a lab, completely negating the fear of illicit ethics and environmental damages. Lab-grown diamonds are graded equally to their natural counterparts, but have a lesser cost, as they do not have a limited supply, nor do they take millions of years to develop in the earth. They are the same in physical and chemical makeup- only a professional can tell the difference using specialized tests.