This is way off topic for us, but what the heck! I’ve just finished reading an article from National Jeweler on Charles Rangel opening the JA jewelry show in New York with a message of support to small jewelers. He is aligned with the “Mom and Pop” jewelers on the subject of trying to impose sales tax on Internet sales to level the playing field against online jewelers who have an “unfair advantage.”
You know every once in a while there is something in life that triggers self examination and for the diamond industry it’s a movie set in 1999 at the height of Sierra Leone’s civil war. It’s made us take additional action, this year in particular, to strengthen and improve our industry’s already existing chain of warranties.
As a company we want to ensure that we buy diamonds and diamond jewelry from suppliers who comply with all Kimberley Process requirements. Since 2004 we have been demanding that all diamonds sold to us be regulated through the Kimberley process. This year we’ve taken things a step further and started printing the following statement on our purchase orders;