Diamonds carry a deep heritage within them, and wearing a gem that has millions of years of history can be an extraordinary privilege that adds meaning to your life. At Above Diamond, we consider it crucial to know the origins of every diamond we handle and to ensure that they are sourced in an ethical and humane way. This belief is deeply ingrained in our moral code.
We strive to be transparent and open about the source of each diamond we offer. We are committed to sharing with you where we purchased it, where it was mined, and its provenance. By doing this, we hope that you will feel proud to wear the diamond you purchased from Above Diamond, knowing that its story is now intertwined with your own.
Why this is important?
First, we believe that ethics should be at the forefront of every decision we make and that making conscious choices is a key part of living well. Giving diamond jewelry is often a significant and emotional moment, and knowing that your purchase was ethically sourced can make it even more meaningful.
Second, we want to provide you with peace of mind when making your purchase. Our jewelry is sourced with legitimate origins and meets the highest international humanitarian standards. By choosing our jewelry, you can help improve the lives of the people throughout our supply chain.
Third, we stand by promoting transparency in the diamond industry which is crucial for our future, and as a consumer, you deserve to know the origins of your purchase, whether it be your car, watch, clothing, or diamond jewelry. That’s why we are committed to sharing the source and provenance of every diamond we handle.
Starting with diamonds
The modern diamond market’s story began in Africa, with the discovery of diamonds in the 18th century by De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited. By 1900, De Beers, through South African mines, controlled roughly 90% of the world’s raw diamond production, but this was just the beginning. Since then, global demand for diamonds has increased exponentially.
However, history took a dark turn in the early 1990s when a deadly civil war erupted in Sierra Leone, which is now seen as the origin of the “Blood” or Conflict Diamond. Wars are costly and require a constant flow of money, and unfortunately, the illegal diamond trade was central to funding this conflict. The result was appalling social inequality, including slavery and human trafficking, exemplifying the self-interest of certain groups skewing wealth towards violence.
We recognize the importance of social and environmental responsibility and aim to play our part in making society more humane and livable. We believe in ethical sourcing and transparency in the diamond industry, and we strive to ensure that every diamond we handle is ethically and humanely sourced.
What is diamond certification for the Kimberley Process?
In response to the rise of conflict diamonds, various groups in the diamond industry, as well as governments and charities, collaborated to prevent the flow of these diamonds into the international market. The Kimberley Process (KP) was established in 2003 as a set of certification regulations, which guarantees that the diamonds exported are from legal mines and businesses.
Currently, 81 countries participate in the Kimberley Process, which has successfully prevented 99% of illegal diamonds from entering the international diamond market.
Above Diamond prioritizes ethical sourcing and use only diamonds that have been certified by these guidelines. This ensures that you can have peace of mind knowing that the diamond at the heart of your jewelry is from a responsible source.
The process of making the setting
Above Diamond takes great care in crafting every piece of jewelry, whether it’s a ring or diamond jewelry, and our shop craftsmen oversee every step of the process.
Our process begins with our designer team creating a 3D design, followed by the creation of a wax model which is then polished by hand and cast into a metal body. The metal setting is then set with the chosen diamond, polished to a high shine, and etched with the Above Diamond symbol. The production process is then complete.
Once we have finished our work, it’s time for your story to begin.
Choosing earth-friendly metals
We believe that protecting our environment is crucial for our survival. Therefore, we choose to play our part in the recycling of precious metals, which has become easier in the jewelry industry.
Our preferred source of gold is the semiconductor industry, which we mix to achieve a purity of 99.9% that can be used to produce your jewelry to perfection. This is in accordance with our code of conduct, as the recycled metal retains its physical and chemical properties and is just as good as newly mined material, whether it’s gold or platinum.
By using recycled materials, we not only reduce the environmental impact of mining but also give your jewelry a lasting meaning.
The power of choice is in your hands
You have probably heard the phrase “knowledge is power,” and we aim to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.