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We expect our business partners to adhere to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. We take the impact of our company's supply chain seriously and we believe that gold should be extracted and processed in a manner that respects the needs of current and future generations.We believe that it is best to strive for improvements in mining practices and supply chain conditions through industry initiatives so as to maximize our effectiveness in addressing these issues. Such industry bodies have much greater credibility with governments and international organizations, whose co-operation is essential in successfully tackling these matters.We believe meaningful reform must incorporate a wide range of industry stakeholders to ensure that responsible practices are developed and can be followed all the way through the supply chain. Without the engagement of all segments of our industry, individual commitments to responsible practices by retailers will not in the long term solve the problems highlighted by groups such as No Dirty Gold.Therefore, the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) , a non-profit organization, was founded in May 2005. RJC is unique in that it seeks to promote and develop responsible social, ethical and environmental business practices throughout the diamond and gold jewelry supply chain from mine to retail. Membership of RJC is comprised of companies and trade groups that, in total, are representative of the entire supply chain, from mine to retail.
Jewelers of America the national trade association of retail jewelers, of which we are a member, is one of the founders of RJC, as were we.The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has developed a set of Principles and a Code of Practice for companies from mining through to retail involved in the worldwide diamond and gold jewelry industry. RJC has consulted widely with many stakeholders in the jewelry industry on the development of its Principles, and it's Code of Practices which have now been published and outline the ethical, social, human rights and environmental practices to which RJC members should adhere. This includes a comprehensive mining specific responsible sourcing code.RJC requires that members have independent auditors verify their compliance with responsible practices, as defined by the RJC Code of Practices. RJC believes there is a need for an open and transparent approach and believes that by working in collaboration with civil society and governments it can promote and develop responsible business practices throughout the supply chain. Therefore, RJC places importance on ensuring that interested parties, including NGOs, are represented and given the opportunity to be part of the overall consultation process.In addition, we have also been supportive of the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA), launched in Vancouver, Canada, in June 2006. IRMA consists of jewelry and gold miners, industry bodies, and human/environmental rights groups, which have been working together to develop comprehensive responsible sourcing standards for mining operations.For more detailed information about responsible gold mining, please to www.responsiblemining.net. If you require further information, please contact Customer Care at 1-800-877-8169.
Our Diamond Sourcing Policy
You, as a customer, can be confident that concrete and comprehensive measures are being taken to ensure the products we sell do not include Conflict Diamonds.The source of our diamonds is something that we take very seriously.In African countries where rebel forces sometimes have control of diamond mines, proceeds from the sales of rough diamonds produced from those mines are often used to finance weapons purchases. Such diamonds are estimated to currently account for less than 1% of the world diamond production.We are appalled by the violence in countries where proceeds from the sale of diamonds and other natural resources (e.g., oil, timber) are being used to fund rebel activities. All nations with significant involvement in the diamond trade agreed on a global certification system to control the export and import of rough diamonds mined from January 1, 2003. This system is aimed at preventing criminals from introducing contraband diamonds mined in African combat zones into the legitimate supply chain. Since 2003, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), supported by national and international legislation, has sought to certify the legitimate origin of uncut diamonds. We welcomed this important development and are actively supporting the system designed to safeguard our products' integrity.
You can be confident that concrete and comprehensive measures are being taken to ensure the products we sell do not include conflict diamonds.
If you have further questions, please contact Customer Relations at 1-800-527-8029.
When it's time to buy jewelry, we want to help you make an informed decision. One thing you'll want to know is the carat weight of your diamond(s). Of course, no two diamonds are exactly alike. Each is cut to maximize its natural beauty. In the process of diamond cutting, stones are sorted by the resulting diamond weight using the decimal system. To give you the best selection and price, our diamonds fall within a range appropriate to each fractional carat weight listing. The difference may not be visible to the naked eye, but we know it's important to you. That's why we've supplied the following table:
1/20 carat .04-.06 1/15 carat .065 -.081/10 carat .085-.111/8 carat .115-.141/6 carat .145-.171/5 carat .18-.221/4 carat .23-.28 1/3 carat .29-.363/8 carat .37-.441/2 carat .45-.575/8 carat .58-.683/4 carat .69-.797/8 carat .80-.941 carat .95-1.111 1/5 carats 1.18 - 1.221 1/4 carats 1.23-1.281 1/3 carats 1.29-1.361 3/8 carats 1.37 - 1.441 1/2 carats 1.45-1.571 5/8 carats 1.58-1.681 3/4 carats 1.69-1.791 7/8 carats 1.80-1.942 carats 1.95-2.113 carats 2.95-3.114 carats 3.95-4.115 carats 4.95-5.11 6 carats 5.95-6.17 7 carats 6.95-7.11
Kay Jewelers expects its business suppliers to comply with the applicable laws and regulations of the United States and those of the respective country of manufacture or exportation. Per the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657), below consumers will find a disclosure of the efforts Kay Jewelers is taking to address slavery and human trafficking in its direct supply chain.
The measured chain thickness or height may vary slightly due to the manufacturing process. A variance of +/- 5% to what is stated under product specifications may occur.
Signet is leading efforts for the continuous improvement in the integrity of the global jewelry supply chain, through its own corporate social responsibility initiatives, and its active role as the industry leader.
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The Diamond Council of America (DCA) was founded in 1944 as a forum to educate jewelry sales professionals about diamonds and gems. This not-for-profit organization provides the professional jeweler with an opportunity to earn a certification in diamonds and gemstones through distance education.
Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F)was founded in 2007 by leaders in the diamond industry, music mogul/business entrepreneur Russell Simmons, and social justice advocate Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr.The mission is to empower youth from countries where diamonds are found to become a new generation of ethical leaders through access to higher education. To-date, over two thousand college age students across Africa and India have received financial assistance or have been awarded scholarships as a result of the generous support received from the diamond industry. Those that have since graduated have returned home to support their families and create opportunity in their communities.
To learn more 'Diamonds Do Good' social impact stories visit diamondsdogood.com.
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