To stop these practices, a certification process was introduced that would guarantee the origins of the diamonds.
All imported or exported rough diamonds need to include a sealed Kimberley certificate in anti-fraud packaging. Shipments of rough diamonds without this certificate will not be allowed to leave the country or cannot be imported. Belgium is one of 80 countries that has ratified the Kimberley certification system. So, when you buy certified diamonds from BNT Diamonds, you are guaranteed to receive an honest and conflict-free diamond.
When trading in certified diamonds, both the importers, exporters and local diamond traders have to keep a register of all the Kimberley certificates from the past five years. This can be accessed and checked at any given time.
As a result of these strict regulations, diamonds are the most monitored and checked natural resource in the world. Furthermore, this system has successfully prevented conflict diamonds from taking hold of the world trade, as non-participating countries are excluded from the international diamond market.