Certified ethically-sourced diamonds

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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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Our imprint on...

  • Les femmes et les hommes

    Hermès employs 13,500 men and women, including 4,500 craftspeople, who form the first métier of the house. This land of hand changes and hires nonstop. To train, pass on, develop, ensure well-being, health and solidarity… Our ambition is to stimulate the personal growth of everyone involved.
  • The Planet

    Hermès endeavors to exalt, in twenty or so métiers, the most beautiful materials offered by nature. Our artisans’ skillful hands respect leather, silk, fabric, wood, crystal and precious metals. To preserve, optimize, revalue and draw… Our duty is to achieve the sustainable use of these resources.
  • The communities

    Hermès owns 41 of its 52 manufactures in France and more than 300 stores around the world. Our proximity with suppliers, partners and territories is cultivated in the field. To fertilize, mesh, renovate and be committed… Our role, as an environment-friendly company, is to build sustainable ties.