In 2002, the UN adopted a system to end the practice of diamond trading for dubious means. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme outlines the regulations and requirements countries must follow to make sure a diamond is mined and shipped in a humane, legitimate way. Barry’s only deals with reputable suppliers that go even beyond this process in order to ensure that they have used conflict free AND environmentally sound mining. It is important to note that Canada has a solid reputation for diamonds that are mined in an environmentally conscious and conflict-free way, and Barry’s is indeed proud of being a Canadian company that also carries Canadian diamonds. However, we shouldn't consider stones from Canada the only diamonds that are conflict-free. Other producers around the world also practice conflict free and environmentally sound mining. All of our diamonds and gems have been conscientiously sourced with these principles on top of mind.