The reality of diamond and gold mining is that many materials are sourced by artisanal miners. These are local people working independently or on a small and unregulated scale, often using hand tools and manually intensive methods. These workers live in abject poverty and are often subject to unacceptable working conditions.
Steven Stone strives to go above and beyond the usual industry standards by donating to schemes concerned with stopping the flow of ‘blood diamonds’, such as the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI). By only selling diamonds certified by the GIA, we can also ensure that our stones are conflict-free as they adhere to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.
Where Do Our Donations Go?
The DDI believes all miners should be valued as contributors to their country’s economy and development. It also strives to empower workers, giving them access to opportunities and tools for them to work with dignity. Steven Stone is proud to support this organisation.
Protecting the Environment
Artisanal diamond mining is detrimental to the environment; swathes of potentially farmable land are rendered worthless because of the impact on the soil. The DDI works to teach smarter mining techniques to the local workforce.
Improving the quality of life of diamond miners is one of the DDI’s key concerns. This includes the provision of clean water and access to education.
Small scale mining is unregulated, lacking in health and safety measures and child labour and gender violence is an unfortunate reality. The DDI seeks to empower the workforce by giving basic legal information and first aid.
Improving Mining Methods
Dedicated to professionalising artisanal miners, the DDI organises the workforce into associations and co-operatives, training them to improve methods and labour conditions. It also teaches workers how best to trade their products and set up alternative employment.
Committed to GIA Diamonds
A GIA certificate authenticates the ethical origin of a diamond. Steven Stone partners with the GIA because of its impartiality when analysing and grading gemstones. A certificate is vital when considering the purchase of loose diamonds, diamond jewellery and engagement rings.Learn More