The Kimberly Process is a process that certifies diamonds to make sure that they are not blood diamonds. After the United Nations identified this as a problem in 1998 the diamond industry took action in 2000 in order to certify diamonds. The diamond industry met in Kimberly, South Africa to plan a method to stop conflict diamonds from getting on the market.
There are some major flaws in the Kimberly Process. Any country can join the organization just by sending a letter to the president of South Africa. Then whether or not they follow the rules, is up to that country. There is no one that can enforce these rules. In this way many diamonds are still slipping on to the market.
In this process only 71 countries are on the list to refinish the natural rare Blood Diamonds. Blood Diamonds are a very special diamond, most people have rage and are anxious to get to them. As said before, the Kimberly Process identifies which diamonds are which. Sending them to different countries is a smart idea to have them carefully researched.
Steps of The Kimberly Proccess
1. The diamonds are dug up. Most of the conflict diamonds are found in African Counties. After the diamonds are dug up they are then shipped off to the Government Diamonds Office.
2. After the diamonds arrive they are then expected to make sure that the diamonds are conflict free. The diamonds are then placed in a bag and given a certificate made out from the Kimberly Process and a serial number. Since there are only 71 countries that are part of the Kimberly Process only those countries go through this process of exporting diamonds.
3. Once the diamonds arrive to the given country they are then checked by the offices for both the certificate and the serial number. If the diamond doesn’t process the 2 things or is from a country that isn’t part of the Kimberly Process then that diamond is then unsealed and is shipped back to where it came from or impounded.