Post # 1
I’ve read a lot of posts about people choosing not to get diamonds because they are worried conflict diamonds. I think there is a lot of misinformation out there, and I thought I would share some facts that everyone should know before they choose to buy or not buy a diamond.
In 2000, the global diamond industry adopted a zero-tolerance policy regarding conflict diamonds.
Since 2003, the Kimberley Process has reduced conflict diamonds from 4% to less than 1%.
74 countries and the legitimate diamond industry are legally bound to ending the used and trade of conflict diamonds.
Under the Kimberley Process, rough diamonds can only be exported and imported when accompanied by a certificate from the exporting country documenting the source of the diamonds and guaranteeing they are not conflict diamonds.
Members participating in the Kimberley Process must meet minimum requirments, and they cannot import diamonds from suppliers who are not also Kimberely Process members who meet the same minimum requirements.
Revenue from the diamond industry have made it possible for some countries to provide free eduction to children in their countries.
Revenues have made health care available to millions of people globally who would not otherwise been able to receive health care.
The Kimberley Process is UN mandated.
Revenues from diamonds have asstisted in the fight agains HIV/AIDS.
If you want more information, check out this website: DiamondFacts.org
I hope this puts some people’s fears to rest about the possibility of purchasing a conflict diamond.
Post # 3
DiamondFacts.org is run by the diamond industry so you have to take what they say with a grain of salt. I have no doubt that they ARE working on making the diamond industry better, but just because they have put laws/regulations in place doesn’t mean they are being followed.
Let’s face it, conflict diamonds are today’s hot topic. Sometimes it is sweat shops, other times it is buying only American made, etc, etc. Americans are very rarely actually worried about the source of the goods they are purchasing, it has more to do with what is “in” at the time. Do your research, follow your own morals/values, and purchase a diamond you are comfortable with wearing 🙂
Post # 4
I have a diamond, so I don’t pass judgment. But just thought I’d point out that the website you posted says that it is sponsored by industry organizations- I wouldn’t think this is a source of neutral and reliable info.
Post # 5
In addition to human rights issues, there are a lot of environmental issues with diamond (and other gemstone) mining.
Post # 6
I posted this to give another point of view. I worked for a major jewelry store chain. They took this very seriously.
If you have links to websites that give different stats, I’d be happy to look at them. I am fully away that there are ways to spin everything to make the case that any organization makes. The site I posted a link to does back up what they say with verifiable stats and research.
Post # 7
@Loribeth:There was a show on, I want to say, the History Channel about this. I am not much of a diamond person, but I would feel completely comfortable buying one.
Post # 8
@tksjewelry: I feel comfortable also.
When I worked in the jewelry industry, all new employees had to watch a video of the horrors of conflict diamonds. I know it’s a major concern for legitimate jewelers not just for because of the social issue, but also because of the economic issue. They would lose a lot of business if they were to sell conflict diamonds–no one would buy from them if they did. Plus, they would not be allowed to get diamonds from legitimate sources if they were to accepted conflict diamonds to sell–another huge lose of revenue would result from that.
I feel very confident that the jewelry stores that have brick and mortar stores are safe to buy from. They have too much to lose if they aren’t. However, I would never buy a diamond from an online source without legitimate brick and mortar stores. It is too easy for online stores to mask their true identities and sell lower quality diamonds with questionable backgrounds. They don’t have a reputation to protect, and they can just start over with a new name and new website if they get caught.
Post # 9
However, I would never buy a diamond from an online source without legitimate brick and mortar stores. It is too easy for online stores to mask their true identities and sell lower quality diamonds with questionable backgrounds. They don’t have a reputation to protect, and they can just start over with a new name and new website if they get caught.
I would have to disagree to an extent. Online stores do have reputations to protect as well, nobody [unless they are stupid] is going to drop thousands at a “new” diamond vendor.
I bought my diamond and setting online (from different online vendors), and I would not have purchased from the companies had they not had such a good reputation on PriceScope for thier quality and service.
And I got a better diamond for less money than brick & mortar stores would have charged. Online venders don’t need to have as many employees, so there’s less overhead added into the price of their products.
Post # 10
While I agree the industry has made great strides in reducing acquistion from conflict regions, there is a long way to go. While paperwork may exist authenticating a diamond as “non-conflict”, there is no way to be 100% sure unless you pull the diamond out of the ground yourself. There are other human and environmental issues that remain from diamond, and gemstone, mining.
As @sapphirebride: said, any kind of mining can cause major hard to the environment, including increased flash flooding, release of trapped CO2 (greenhouse gas) into the atmosphere and permanent alteration of the landscape.
Child labor is still a serious issue in the mining process and cutting and polishing (in India).
For more information from a journalistic resource, feel free to visit this link…
Post # 11
@Scottielass: Okay… I read the article. Journalist are paid to write stories…and I think it should be noted that journalists write the stories they are paid to write and that they don’t get paid if their stories do not cover the facts the way that the organization paying wants them portrayed.
I also noted that these are sources listed on the article:
Sources: DeBeers, DiamondFacts.com, Wikipedia, National Geographic, Country Studies- South Africa, PBS Nature
I think it’s interesting that the source I sited is one of the sources that this journalist used.
I couldn’t even use Wikipedia to write my college papers…
I also found it interesting that there is no new information. All the dates sited in the store are 7 years ago or more. I’d like to see a story with current information.
Post # 12
Wasn’t trying to stir things up. Just trying to provide alternatives of information.
I chose the article because it is MSNBC, a recognized news organization. Also, the issues of mining go beyond whether the Kimberly process prevents sales of diamonds to fund arms sales.
For something more recent, here are some articles about Mugabe and diamond mining in Zimbabwe. I hope Zimbabwe has Kimberly approval permanently yanked, but there are still buyers from many countries placing bids on the Marange diamonds.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/7149703.html (Associated Press)
This is a published evaluation of the Kimberly process after a 3 year review.
The Kimberly Process only refers to the sale of rough diamonds. This has nothing to do with workers conditions for the cutting and polishing of the diamonds.
If you want a diamond, go for it. If your concerned about its origins, do your research, ask questions, ask for verifiable evidence. There are fair trade companies that sell diamonds, too.
Post # 13
I know you weren’t trying to stir things up. I just noted that all of the things mentioned in that article are far from being up to date. Even a three year review of the Kimberley Processs is out of date, as it is four years old and a lot can change in four years, for that matter, a lot can change in less than 1 day as evidenced by 9/11.
I am not saying that the Kimberley Process is perfect. There is no such thing as a perfect system. I’m also not saying that there aren’t injustices in diamond mining. I am saying that revenues from diamond sales have also done a lot of good in countries that are abiding by legitimate and legal processes.
There are a lot of injustices in the world, not just in the diamond industry, trade and mining. For example, There are people who raise chickens for illegal cock fights. Should people stop buying chicken from the legitimate poultry farms or grocery stores because there are some people who rais them for illegal reasons?
If you want a simulated diamond, go for it. That’s your choice. I just don’t think it’s right for people who for their own reasons have chosen to buy simulated diamonds to infer that the people who do choose to buy genuine diamonds are unethical.
I’m not trying to stir up things either. I’m just trying to provide additional information about Conflict Diamonds and the the strides that are being made to eliminate them from legitimate diamond suppliers.
Post # 14
@Loribeth: I think we can both agree that to say that great strides have been made, but more can be done. There are two sides to every story and both of our sources of information have been evidence to that.
BTW, I never said I had a simulated gemstone. We did our research when purchasing. I provided my information so people can compare to make their own decisions.
All the best with your wedding planning.
Post # 15
We elected not to have diamond rings at all. Yes, I know we could have found conflict-free diamons fairly easily. However, to my mind, the view that every bride must have a diamond engagement ring is what raises the price of diamonds to the point that conflict diamonds are still profitable. And I, personally, did not want to contribute to that.
Post # 16
Ok, I have a question for you girls. I am working tonight at a campaign office just volunteering to help a friend out. I have been following this post and talked about it with the big boss, he kind of snickered at it. I asked him why that was funny – his response “Those are the same girls buying t-shirts made in sweat shops, electronics made in china – where the environmental standards are the worst, or paper products from India made with contaminated water and poor environmental practices.” It kind of made me think for a second. I always check to make sure my car is American and Union made (FH is a Union man), but I never checked where the t-shirts I bought last week from Kohl’s came from. It kind of embarrassed me. I should be watching more carefully what little things I buy as well as the big ones.
Is he right? I am kind of on the fence about this one.