What is a Conflict Diamond?
A conflict diamond (also called a blood diamond or a war diamond) refers to a diamond mined in a war zone and sold, usually clandestinely, in order to finance an insurgency or invading army’s war efforts, or to support a warlord’s activity.
Mervis upholds a strict 100% Conflict Free promise on all our diamonds. Rest assured that all persons involved in the mining process are treated ethically in a responsible manner. We cooperate fully with governmental imposed responsibility and we comply with all components of the Kimberley Process, created in 2003 , to prevent the mining and distribution of illicit diamonds.
Beyond our conflict free promise, you may be surprised to hear about the mining industry’s many positive impacts for miners , their families , and local populations.
Revenues from diamonds have enabled governments and health organisations to greatly improve existing public health services and provide new health services to those who have never had them before. Diamond revenues have funded more hospitals, more medical centers and more hospices , ensuring healthcare is extended to millions of people.
Diamond health projects extend beyond just building hospitals. Debswana, a mining company in Botswana, recently became the first mining company in the world to extend free anti retro-viral treatment to HIV positive employees, their life partners, their children, and former employees for life.