Development DiamondsDecember 10th, 2013
Ethical Metalsmiths interview with Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI)
Diamonds are often a focal point in jewelry and despite this spotlight role they are also the most mysterious and challenging material to trace, especially when mined artisanally. While their mine to market traceability is an essential first step to a better, more transparent, fair and transformative diamond supply chain, just knowing where a diamond comes from isn’t enough. By stopping at traceability, jewelers and consumers miss the more complex story and a valuable opportunity to enable a diamond engagement ring to be a catalyst for positive change.
Earlier this year Ethical Metalsmiths conducted an interview with Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI). DDI’s approach to improving the diamond supply chain includes traceability, but it goes much deeper to address the root causes of the conflicts and strife that are part of most diamonds’ histories. EM’s questions examine DDI’s history, its affiliations, the concept of “development diamonds”, relation to the Kimberley Process, pervasive secrecy in the diamond trade, specific programs and plans and questions from EM member jewelers.
LINK TO FULL INTERVIEW ON EM WEBSITE
Today there are opportunities for jewelry, made with traditional materials like gold and diamonds, to actually and positively benefit the communities from which the raw materials are sourced. The concept of “development diamonds” and the testing of this concept by the Diamond Development Initiative form the backbone of this interview.
Note: EM did not edit Dorothée Gizenga’s responses to our questions.
Interview questions developed by:
Jennifer Dawes – Independent Jewelry Designer + EM Futuring Committee
Alexandra Hart – Independent Jewelry Designer + EM Futuring Committee
Christina Miller – Executive Director, EM