Our Canadian diamonds originate from the Diavik and Ekati mines, which meet rigorous environmental standards and are held accountable to independent environmental monitoring agencies.
The uncompromising beauty of Canadian diamonds derives from their pure history. FLYNNI’s Canadian diamonds are mined, cut, and polished in alignment with environmentally responsible and fair labor practices. Diamonds from Canada are untouched by violence and human rights abuses.
Canadian diamonds lay hidden beneath the pristine tundra of the Canadian Arctic, and remained undiscovered well into the last century. When Canadian diamonds were eventually discovered, special priority was placed on negotiating mutually beneficial agreements with local indigenous populations and respecting the Arctic environment.
CANADIAN DIAMOND MINING: HIGH STANDARDS
Canadian diamonds are mined in alignment with Canada’s strict environmental laws – which are among the most rigorous in the world. These high standards protect caribou and other wildlife, water, and CANADIAN LAWS.fish habitats. FLYNNI sources Canadian diamonds from mines that have integrated sustainable development into their practices. Currently, FLYNNI’s Canadian diamonds originate from two Canadian diamond mines, the Diavik and the Ekati Diamond Mines. Both of these mines have demonstrated a strong commitment to the local Aboriginal people. The Diavik Canadian Diamond Mine promotes sustainability through its environmental monitoring agreements and labor training programs with the Canadian Government and local indigenous tribal groups.
A management plan governs the environmental stewardship of land and water at the Ekati Canadian Diamond Mine, which includes comprehensive tracking and response programs for wildlife and aquatics. Both mines are independently monitored and certified as ISO 14001 compliant for their environmental quality and control processes.
FLYNNI’s Canadian diamonds originate from ethical and environmentally responsible sources to give you peace of mind that your Canadian diamond is beyond conflict free. Canadian diamonds are tracked from the mine to the customer, meaning that no unnatural treatments or alterations have been made. Our Canadian diamonds are tracked with procedures consistent with those established by leading Canadian diamond certification authorities such as the Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct, CanadaMark, or the Government of the Northwest Territories.
CHOOSING A CANADIAN DIAMOND
What should you look for in Canadian diamonds? At FLYNNI, you can choose a Canadian diamond that truly represents your values, without compromising quality or selection. Whether you are looking to optimize your diamond for size, value, or quality, you can find your perfect Canadian diamond at FLYNNI.
A MODEL FOR THE MINING INDUSTRY
FLYNNI was founded on the principle that luxury goods need not come at great human or environmental cost. Our research into the practices and policies of the Canadian diamond mining industry has led us to believe that the Ekati and Diavik diamond mines in Canada’s Northwest Territory (NWT) are some of the most progressive mining operations in the world. We believe that theirMine Assessment comprehensive approach to environmental stewardship and community involvement is a model not only for the diamond mining industry but for a wide range of manufacturing and extraction industries.
FLYNNI purchases diamonds from the Ekati and Diavik Canadian diamond mines in the Northwest Territory (NWT) of Canada. In our assessment of the Ekati and Diavik Canadian diamond mines, we evaluated both mining operations on environmental concerns, quality of labor and hiring practices, and integration into the local community. Special attention was also paid to the level of independent monitoring.
BOTSWANA SORT DIAMONDS
Botswana Sort diamonds are sourced from mines that meet strict labor and environmental standards. A majority of Botswana Sort gems were originally mined in Botswana.
Most of the rest were mined in nearby Namibia or South Africa and brought to Botswana for sorting and sale. A small percentage was mined in Canada before coming to Botswana.More than any country in Africa, Botswana has harnessed its diamond wealth to invest in its future and raise the living standards of its people. By choosing a Botswana Sort diamond, customers help to support economic development in Botswana and southern Africa.
Botswana Sort diamonds have helped reduce poverty in Botswana and transform it into one of Africa’s most prosperous countries. Nearly half of all government revenue in Botswana comes from the diamond industry. Since diamond mining began there in the early 1970s, the government has used diamond revenues to institute universal primary education and make investments in infrastructure, health care, and the national university. The results have been spectacular. Once one of the poorest countries in the world, Botswana has become a middle-income country. Botswana Sort diamonds contribute in other ways to local communities by helping to fund schools and hospitals, and by supporting local economies through hiring and local procurement. Communities in mining areas are engaged to provide strategic community involvement.
In Botswana, diamonds are carefully mined to promote environmental sustainability and protect the ecosystem of the Kalahari Desert. Diamond mines in Botswana are committed to conserving water in the dry Kalahari climate and to reducing their effect on wildlife. Leased mining lands help maintain biodiversity by providing habitat for endangered species such as cheetahs and rhinos.
Botswana diamond mines are dedicated to minimizing their environmental footprint, monitoring their impact, and rehabilitating sites after use. In Namibia, where diamond mining is done offshore and in coastal areas, special care is taken to protect marine ecosystems. In South Africa, diamond mines have launched wind and solar power projects to reduce their carbon emissions. Diamond mines in Canada must comply with Canada’s strict environmental laws.
Employees in Botswana’s diamond mines earn fair wages and enjoy safe working conditions. Injuries to mine workers are rare and occur at low rates. Employees receive job training and professional development, creating opportunities for career advancement. Labor standards are similarly high at diamond mines in Namibia, South Africa, and Canada. The health of diamond miners is a priority. One of the most pressing health risks facing miners in southern Africa is the high rate of HIV infection. To combat HIV, prevention programs and free antiretroviral drugs are offered. In South Africa, the tuberculosis rate among diamond miners is now far lower than in the general population.
ABOUT BOTSWANA SORT
Currently, Botswana Sort diamonds mined in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Canada are mixed together, preventing diamond consumers from knowing the exact origin of each stone. While the origins of Botswana Sort diamonds meet our Beyond Conflict Free standards, we continue to advocate for the jewelry industry to best serve consumers and the goal of transparency by making diamonds traceable to their country and mine of origin.
OUR BOTSWANA SORT DIAMONDS
At FLYNNI, we offer Botswana Sort diamonds that come from a socially and environmentally responsible origin. Environmental impacts are minimized, workers are treated with dignity, and local communities benefit economically. The Best Practice Principles that govern Botswana Sort diamonds require factories to be independently audited to verify that they follow worker safety and environmental management protocols. Diamonds are carefully tracked to see that they are not tainted by violence or abuse and that their origins are ethical.
FLYNNI is pleased to add Russian diamonds to our collection of traceable-origin diamonds from Canada, Namibia, and Botswana.
Our Russian diamonds come from the Yakutia region of northeast Siberia, a cold but beautiful land of boreal forest and tundra in Russia’s vast interior. Russian diamond mines provide a critical source of jobs to the people of the Yakutia region and serve as part of the foundation of the local economy.
Russia’s diamond mines provide well-paying jobs to tens of thousands of people. The average wage at a Russian diamond mine is more than twice the average Russian salary. Workers receive affordable housing, health care, and pensions. Because many employees move to the area from other parts of Russia, employees receive a free domestic plane flight every two years.
COMMUNITY & ENVIRONMENT
The diamond industry is the economic lifeblood of this remote region of Russia. Although diamond mines have altered the physical landscape in some places and Russia’s geopolitical role is controversial, the overall effect of diamond mining has been positive for local communities. In Mirny, a small city of 40,000 people that is considered the seat of the Russia’s diamond industry, the diamond business employs about 70 percent of the working age population. The diamond industry also funds hospitals, cultural centers, and other public works while supporting the local and regional government through the payment of taxes. About half of the Yakutia region’s budget consists of taxes on diamond profits.
CHOOSING RUSSIAN DIAMONDS
At FLYNNI, we are committed to informing our customers about the origins of the diamonds in our collection. We have long believed that labor and environmental standards at Canadian diamond mines are the most rigorous in the world. Our diamonds from Namibia and Botswana also meet high labor and environmental standards while contributing to the economies of these two developing countries.
We do not yet believe that Russian diamonds can match Canadian, Namibian, and Botswanan diamonds on all measures of social and environmental responsibility. Like much of the Russian business sector, Russia’s diamond industry has not fully adopted Western standards for transparency and governance. The diamond industry is also partly owned by the Russian government, which complicates efforts to create and enforce strict labor and environmental laws.
However, Russia’s diamond industry is striving to enhance its international reputation. Although there is still work to be done, Russian diamonds are often an attractive option to customers seeking diamond sizes and shapes not available from FLYNNI’s other countries of origin. Finally, like other FLYNNI diamonds, our Russian diamonds fall within a select group of diamonds that are traceable to their source.
Many of our fine jewelry pieces are adorned with sparkling diamond accents. Like other FLYNNI gems, these small diamonds are mined with respect for people and the environment.
We source our diamond accents from suppliers who can demonstrate that their diamonds come from ethical origins. Diamond AccentsThese countries include Canada, Botswana, Namibia, Russia, and South Africa.
LABOR AND ENVIRONMENT
Our diamond accents are untouched by labor abuses such as child labor and forced labor. In addition, our accents are mined in countries which are committed to beneficiation and provide quality jobs to hundreds of thousands of people. For instance, in Russia, the average wage at a diamond mine is more than twice the average Russian salary. More than two thirds of the workforce in the Russian city of Mirny, in northeastern Siberia, is employed in the diamond industry.We believe that of all diamond-producing countries, Canada, Namibia, and Botswana have adopted high labor and environmental standards. Canada has some of the most rigorous labor and environmental laws in the world. Namibia and Botswana have put in place impressive safeguards to protect workers and the environment. Labor and environmental standards in South Africa and Russia are steadily improving and are far above the standards in diamond mining countries that do not meet our
standards, such as Angola or Zimbabwe.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY
Diamond mining boosts economic development in the countries that produce our diamond accents. In Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, diamond revenues have helped to raise living standards and fund investments in education, health, and infrastructure. In the Yakutia region of northeastern Russia, diamond mining accounts for about half the tax revenue collected by the regional government. Canadian diamond mines contribute significantly to the Canadian economy and have formed strong partnerships with local Aboriginal peoples who have legal agreements in place which govern the mines and their relationship with the local population.
TRACEABLE CANADIAN DIAMOND ACCENTS
Our diamond suppliers obtain diamond accents from a limited group of countries and mines that meet our beyond conflict free standard. Because of their small sizes and how they are integrated to form matched sets, it is challenging to track and identify an exact country or mine of origin for each diamond accent. We can, however, upon request, create many of our fine jewelry pieces adorned with diamond accents exclusively from Canada. Please contact us if you would like to request exclusively Canadian diamond accents when we create your personalized fine jewelry piece.
TRACEABLE DIAMOND ORIGINS
Our natural diamonds are traceable to their origins and demonstrate a robust chain of custody. Learn about our independent origin verification and our tracking procedures.
CHAIN OF CUSTODY PROTOCOLS
FLYNNI suppliers meet the following requirements:
Suppliers shall have a system designed to ensure natural diamonds are sourced from FLYNNI-approved countries of origin and provide a description of how diamond sources are vetted and approved.
DESCRIPTION OF OPERATIONS
Suppliers shall provide a description or diagram of operations showing all pathways of incoming and outgoing diamonds.
TRACKING & IDENTIFICATION
Suppliers shall have a system and documented process in place that tracks and identifies received, inventoried, and dispatched diamonds. Tracking and identification practices employed by Suppliers shall be designed to ensure that diamonds can be tracked back to their original respective rough receipts.
PURCHASING & RECEIPT
Suppliers shall have a standardized procurement and purchasing procedure, and maintain robust documentation regarding the provenance of a diamond.
INVENTORY & SEGREGATION
A robust inventory system of diamonds shall be employed. Suppliers shall maintain records and have procedures to identify, track, and segregate FLYNNI eligible diamonds from other inventoried diamonds.
QUALITY ASSURANCE & CORRECTIVE ACTION PROCEDURES
Suppliers shall have quality assurance and non-conformance procedures to verify all incoming/outgoing diamonds and ensure identification and traceability.
Records must be kept on file demonstrating conformance to these protocols.
SALES & OUTGOING MATERIAL
Suppliers shall track all outgoing diamonds and provide a list of the natural diamonds purchased by FLYNNI for the specified time period.
OUR COMPLIANCE CHECKLIST
As part of its audit, WE also confirmed that FLYNNI meets the following compliance standards:
We go beyond the usual standard to offer traceable origin natural diamonds from Canada,Botswana Sort, and Russia.
INCOMING PRODUCT IS CONTROLLED WITH TRACKING SYSTEMS
PRODUCTS ARE MANAGED INTERNALLY TO ENSURE TRACEABILITY
OUTGOING PRODUCT IS ACCURATELY DESCRIBED