Provenance

Infinity's Commitment

Lieve Peeters checking your Infinity Diamond All diamonds we craft are guaranteed conflict-free in compliance with United Nations General Assembly Resolutions 55/56; the Kimberley Process, Belgian Federal Anti-Money-Laundering regulations, the USA Clean Diamonds and Patriot Acts and voluntary participation in the Jewelers' Vigilance Committee's USA Patriot Act Compliance Program.

Every diamond crystal to be Crafted By Infinity is selected by Lieve Peeters, former head of the Diamond Expert Division for the Belgian Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs. Our small business model gives us a unique closeness with a long-standing group of trusted partners in sourcing, making every diamond we craft vetted and known to us. Our Crafted By Infinity Diamonds are sent exclusively to a small family of qualified authorized dealers in North America and Europe.

 

There is more you should know
Exploitation where natural resources are rich and people are poor is a first-order problem in the world we share. Rogue elements have historically used oil, rubber, gold, diamonds, rubies and coltan to finance civil unrest, particularly on the African continent. In the late 1990s it was estimated that between 4 and 15% of the world’s rough diamond supply was touched by conflict. Those traded illicitly became known as “conflict diamonds” or “blood diamonds.” Many of us who cut diamonds have been as concerned as any consumer could possibly be about clean provenance; this is "our" business and we must sleep at night, after all. Thankfully, initiatives put into place by the United Nations and trade leaders over time have resulted in an estimated 99.8% of the world’s rough diamond production becoming Kimberley compliant; according to NGOs who help oversee the process. Responsible centers of production such as Belgium enforce further federal regulations. Finished diamonds coming to the USA undergo additional layers of scrutiny/security and failure to comply with this chain of provenance is not a simple FTC violation. Enforcement comes from the Treasury department (IRS), Homeland Security and the US Justice department.

 

Where are we now?
Infinity Diamond parcel The work done by the United Nations, responsible governments, NGOs and diamond industry leaders has been successful. However the global diamond industry is vast. Greed is not exclusive to Africa and rogue elements trade rough of dubious origin where they can. Human rights violations persist in many countries, sometimes under "legitimate" governments. KPCS fraud has also been uncovered outside of Africa, so “conflict diamonds” are not limited to that continent. In the past decade censures for violations have happened in South American countries. Border controls are rigid in Belgium and the USA, especially post 9/11, but the possibility of corruption exists, even in Canada where “conflict-free” is used as a national marketing slogan. Unless you walked a diamond yourself from mine to sorting to trading house through cutting and parcel buyer to the ultimate retail outlet, nothing can be 100 percent certain, though 99.8% is highly encouraging.

 

What is Infinity doing?
We are firmly committed to knowing the origins of the diamonds we craft. We have joined hands and done everything in our power to guarantee conflict-free provenance, along with our conscientious partners. Moreover, by highlighting origins and talking about this issue, contrary to those who minimize the issue with impossible claims, we hope to promote more discussion about diamond provenance.

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What can consumers do?
Be proactive. Discuss the situation with dealers. Test their knowledge on the subject and ask to see proof that their diamonds came from Kimberley-Compliant suppliers. We urge you to purchase from established, legitimate sources and let suppliers know that price isn't your only consideration. Support non-government organizations and join hands with others committed to humanitarian rights and “green” practices. We may not be able to change politics or end corruption, but we can be vigilant and speak with one voice.

 

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