During the 1990s, many people became aware that diamonds mined in war zones played a significant role in financing conflicts in many African countries. Rebels illegally sold rough diamonds, known as conflict diamonds or blood diamonds, to be able to finance their war efforts. Because of this illegal activity, the Kimberley process, an international certification scheme, was founded in May 2000 by diamond producers to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate market and reach unaware consumers.
The Kimberley Process began to monitor and register uncut diamonds from mining to the final product on the market. The diamond industry demands zero tolerance for conflict diamonds. At A.P. Shaps, we guarantee that all our diamonds are conflict-free. We support conflict-free trading by only trading with suppliers who obtain their diamonds from legitimate sources.