In 2013 the Jeweltree Foundation and the Diamond Development Initiative together set the standards for Development Diamonds from Sierra Leone to enter the market.
With some setback due to ebola and local logistics we are pleased to now see Artisanal mined diamond standards having been further developed.
“The standards and responsible sourcing protocols that currently exist in the diamond industry are generally aimed at large-scale industrial mining, concessionaires and other entities that operate in a more formalized manner. These existing protocols neither reach the artisanal and small-scale diamond mining sector, nor do they fully address their specific conditions. Without a dedicated focus on artisanal and small-scale diamond mining, initiatives to promote responsible jewellery supply chains will continue to be undermined by their limited applicability to the large number of diamonds produced by this sector.
The Maendeleo Diamond Standards overcome this challenge by underwriting a transparent certification process tailored for artisanal and small-scale diamond miners. These Standards complement existing protocols by extending and adapting them to the particular needs of the miners and their conditions. The Maendeleo Diamond Standards are also designed to build a bridge between this sector and existing responsible supply chains. As a result, artisanal and small-scale diamond miners have access to new markets for the diamonds they produce and the world diamond market will have access to a supply of responsibly sourced artisanally mined diamonds.”