Post # 1
We are in the process of looking at rings and I should note that ethical sourcing is a conern for us. The three companies we are considering are Blue Nile, Brilliant Earth and Moissanite and Co.
Blue Nile does have an ethical sourcing policy, reasonable diamond rates and very lovely traditional settings. So far this is my top choice.
Brilliant Earth has a VERY stringent ethical sourcing policy, gorgeous unique settings but significantly marked up diamond rates.
Moissanite and Co. I don’t even have to worry about ethical sourcing. They have hands down the most beautiful selection of settings. I don’t know if I am sold on moissanite. I think the fire that everyone is talking about would drive me crazy and having a big diamond is not remotely a concern for me (1 carat MAX). But seriously. The settings. Swoon-worthy.
So I am asking you ladies a few questions. Have you heard of any ethical sourcing horror stories with Blue Nile? What has been your experiance with any of these companies? If you have a moissanite and are very happy with it than sell me! What are the pros and cons?
We are absolutely stuck on which route to take. I need some sway-ing.
Post # 3
I know several people with beautiful rings from Blue Nile.
Post # 4
@Korenne: BlueNile has the same “ethical sourcing” rules as any other major jewelry retailer- they abide by the Kimberley Act as basically every other distributor does. There is absolutely no way to verify the “nature” of the sourcing of your stones beyond saying that they are “Kimberley Certified” which means next to nothing. Additionally, the Kimberely Act is meant to only prevent “conflict diamonds” (that is, diamonds that are used as trade in civil wars) and does NOT speak to the conditions within the mines or in the surrounding environments. Additionally, its nearly impossible to track the origin of a specific stone (no matter what your cert says.)
Canadian Diamonds are free of the “blood” of african civil wars, however the recent surge in demand is wreaking havoc on the landscape in canada and there are grave concerns about the environmental impact of large-scale mining, which is beginning to take place. Russian diamonds prove similar issues with demolishing the surrounding ecosystems.
Moisannite is obviously conflict-free, but is not a diamond.
There is basically no GOOD, morally “clean” way to get a real diamond that is not lab-created.
Post # 5
@bkrocks13: useful information, thank you.
Post # 6
@Korenne: 5 years in the diamond industry taught me way more than I ever wanted to know 😉
Post # 7
@Korenne: All companies have the same ethical sourcing policies, so Blue Nile/Brilliant Earth isn’t special. In the US, it’s illegal for any jewelry store to use a vendor that doesn’t adhere to the Kimberley Process. You may come across EGL certifications stating that the diamond is conflict-free, which is very controversial, since unless an EGL employee physically follows that specific diamond through the mining and cutting process, they can’t objectively certify it ‘conflict free’
That being said, I think every precious metal/gemstone used in rings have environmental issues, so it’s almost impossible to avoid it all. I’d imagine mining gold and platinum causes environmental damage too. Lab created diamonds are a ‘clean’ way to go, but that depends on if you’re okay with that.