The NGO Global Witness has announced to leave the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. As you know I have been blogging about this for a while now (click on “Responsible Sourcing” to read more) and have strong opinions on selling KP-Certified diamonds in my gallery. Global Witness and I are on the same page in that we both believe there are too many loopholes in the certification process that have not been fixed – and there seems to be no sign of reform. Charmian Gooch, a founding director of Global Witness, said “The scheme has failed three tests: it failed to deal with the trade in conflict diamonds from Côte d’Ivoire, was unwilling to take serious action in the face of blatant breaches of the rules over a number of years by Venezuela and has proved unwilling to stop diamonds fuelling corruption and violence in Zimbabwe. It has become an accomplice to diamond laundering, whereby dirty diamonds are mixed in with clean gems… Consumers have a right to know what they’re buying, and what was done to obtain it… The diamond industry must finally take responsibility for its supply chains and prove that the stones it sells are clean.” Here at Linhardt we do everything in our power to responsibly source diamonds and obtain third-party verifications for these stones; and that does NOT include the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. This was a decision I made earlier in the year when the controversial Marange diamonds were approved into the Scheme. Glad to know Global Witness is also taking a stand on the KP!