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Certified ethically-sourced diamonds

From extraction in the mines to sales of jewellery in Hermès stores, the house’s diamond operations are in tune with the international Kimberley process. When purchasing an item, customers are given a certificate detailing this guarantee of ethical compliance. 
 
Extraction of the raw diamonds, cutting their 57 facets, trading, sorting with a loupe, setting, and quality control of the finished jewellery, then delivery and sale in the store: each of these stages represents an inspection point for Hermès’ diamond operations. This is what has earned it  Kimberley process  certification (KPCS).
This traceability system for diamonds used in jewellery and watchmaking defines the conditions for monitoring the production and trade of these stones, and has been adopted by 81 countries, including France.
Introduced in 2003, it has helped to prevent “conflict diamonds” from entering the legal market, the sale of which financed insurgency in unstable and fragile countries.
KPSC certification is moreover a prerequisite for obtaining that of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), also held by Hermès’ diamond operations, which is an indispensable global benchmark for social, ethical and environmental best practices in jewellery métiers. A veritable chain of responsibility thus comes full circle. 
 


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