Blood diamonds.

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 4
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752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

That’s why my only request was a conflict-free diamond if he ever was to propose.

 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

The bee is pretty well-versed in the history of diamonds/history of diamond conflict, actually! From the polls i’ve seen over the years i’ve been a part of the community, this is definitely a well-educated, conscious group of ladies. There have been a lot of discussions about how to source conflict-free diamonds on here over the years.

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@dicapriosimaginarywife:  It’s super sad.  Same issues for a lot of platinum and gold.  This is why I personally think getting an heirloom / vintage ring is the way to go.  It may have been a blood diamond at one point, but by reusing it instead of getting a new one, you’re not creating any additional demand for a blood diamond.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Actually, everyone I know talks about it. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Everyone seems to talk about blood diamonds. No one cares about coltan, the mining of which experiences many of the same issues. Coltan is used in pretty much all our electronic devices. Maybe people died so you can have your computer or phone or tv. Are you going to stop buying computers or tvs?

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Nor do we talk about sweat shops and poor labor conditions of most our good from clothing to backpacks to toys and everything in between in India/Asian countries.  Or mining conditions for coal mines and any other precious gemstone.  I guess I don’t get the pointi of ‘thinking about it’.  What is there to think about unless you are going to act and try to fix the problems.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

pretty sure i’ve seen a lot of people on the bee express why they avoid diamonds or strive to find conflict free diamonds for the very reasons you expressed above.

this is not news on the bee.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@pinkshoes:  Yep, most people are trying to make life easier for themself and get the cheapest product, thus supporting sweatshops, nonliving wages, etc. Diamonds aren’t exactly unique in this regard.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Squaw Valley

The sad thing is, unless a company pulled a diamond out of the earth itself, there’s really no way to “guarantee” a diamond is conflict free.  Too much of the diamond trade is operated under smuggling and hushed deals.  “Blood diamonds” get shuffled in with “non conflict” diamonds and sold as such every day.  I can’t imagine that the horrible dark side of the diamond market will be solved just because I pay a premium price on a “clean” diamond.  Just as mistreatment of livestock won’t go away because I choose to eat organic chicken or free range beef.

More power to you if you can denounce diamonds all together and choose not to own a single one!  But unless the majority of the population does the same, not much will change.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

if my ring wasnt a Canadian mined diamond I would never wear it.   Hubby knew my stance on blood diamonds.

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