There are a lot of factors that go into producing a great diamond, and while looks are obviously important, diamond transparency and traceability are just as crucial.
The diamond industry has a long and storied history, and unfortunately it hasn’t always been known for ethical practices. Consumers however want to know where the diamonds they are purchasing came from and how they were sourced. Jewelers who cannot answer these questions—or who cannot answer them in a satisfactory way—are going to lose these valued customers to those who can provide answers.
Here’s what you should know about transparency and traceability in the diamond industry, including why it’s an essential consideration to keep in mind when you purchase diamonds for your jewelry business.
The Importance of Working with Ethical Diamond Companies
At Grunberger Diamonds, ethics have always been a top concern. We provide melee diamonds for sale that come from areas where ethical sourcing is of the utmost importance. This means that we don’t source our diamonds from places like Russia where civil and environmental rights violations are par for the course, and that we provide our buyers with eco-friendly diamonds delivered on time, with the right specifications, and at a great price.
We are proud members of the Responsible Jewelry Council, which has established standards that promote better, fairer jewelry sourcing practices. As RJC members, we are accountable to the council’s codes of conduct, and have made a commitment to sourcing diamonds in a sustainable manner. This ensures that our buyers can get what they need without violating their own principles or the principles of their clientele.
Diamond Traceability and Transparency in a Changing World
Even the most beautiful of diamonds can have a backstory that is less than pretty. This may include human rights violations or violence against the environment. It may also mean sourcing from countries where these practices are accepted both within the diamond industry and outside of it.
Traceability is a way for buyers and their clients to know how each diamond got from earth to store, and answers a number of key questions that matter for diamond ethics. This includes:
- Where diamonds were mined
- How diamonds were transported
- How far the diamonds traveled
- How the diamonds were evaluated for quality
By getting more insight into the supply chain, buyers are able to trace the journey of their diamonds and pass that knowledge onto their customers. They also get transparency into the sourcing process and peace of mind that they are not supporting manufacturers or an industry that is contributing to abuses of humans, animals, or the planet.
Today’s jewelry buyers are more informed than ever about the impact of the industry, and they have high expectations when it comes to who they buy from. By prioritizing traceability and transparency, you help bridge the informational gap and give your customers confidence in their jewelry purchases. You also do your own part to support a diamond industry that’s rooted in ethics and sustainability—and that helps ensure eco-conscious diamond mining for many generations to come.
Do You Know Where Your Diamonds Come From?
Jewelers who partner with ethical diamond companies help amplify the importance of diamond transparency and traceability, raising the standards for the industry and providing their customers with pieces they can love for all the right reasons.
Grunberger Diamonds is a leading diamond manufacturer and supplier, and we offer ethically-sourced melee diamonds with the highest level of quality and precision to business owners in the jewelry industry. Learn more about our services, and contact our team for one-on-one guidance and information on getting started and opening an account. You can also easily request a quote online.