(Closed) Am I the only one who doesn't know this lol

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Mine is certified conflict free, which makes me happy.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Posts about “conflict diamonds” always make me wonder…are the people who are SO concerned with having a “conflict free diamond” also not using mp3 players, cell phones or computers?  I ask because many of the metals used in making these everyday items are mined in the D.R.C. and the sale and trade of these products has fueled civil wars throughout Africa for more than a decade. 

While I certainly have no problem with someone wanting a conflict free diamond, I wonder, are you ladies also passionate about conflict free everything else?

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

As much as possible, yes. I’m a tree-hugging vegetarian animal lover, so I try to be as kind to others and the environment as possible. Tongue Out 

 

On a side note, I didn’t pick my diamond, he did..it was a bonus that it’s certified conflict free.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

One of the few good things about the passage of the Patriot Act was that it is now illegal to buy or sell diamonds that do not abide by the Kimberly Process. All diamonds must be certified as having come from conflict-free mines. If you vacation in Africa and pick up a diamond on the ground, you cannot legally sell it in the US. Conflict diamonds do not, as a whole, make it into our country because of this process. Of course, black markets exist and no system is perfect. But for the most part, the majority of diamonds you buy will be from countries like Namibia and South Africa, where the profits go to their infrastructure and schools where they really rely on their natural resources to fund everything.

Right now the main concern with the KP is in regard to labor standards and environmental concerns. In short, it’s not perfect but it’s much better than it was in the 90s.

If you want to be completely safe but still have a diamond, look into estate rings. While it may have come out of conflict 100 years ago, your money today is not going to the ones who committed those crimes.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@aggie2010:  Antique diamonds were exactly what I was going to suggest. Whilst they may not have come from perfect situations when they were originally mined, at least they are being recycled.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@918Lux:  I think this a case of doing the best we can with what we’ve got.  I like the motto “Don’t do nothing because you can’t do everything.”  Sure, we probably can’t avoid all harmful metals and products, but that doesn’t mean we have to throw up our hands & give up trying to make a positive difference with everything.

Conflict-free diamonds are available, so I think it’s important to buy those instead of blood diamonds.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

For me, I also have issues with the whole DeBeers monopoly. They have brilliant advertising and marketing departments that have artifically inflated prices on diamonds wildly beyond what would be reasonably expected. DeBeers has such a huge control over the diamond market that they are able to horde huge amounts of diamonds and only release them in certain ways that have totally distorted the traditional pricing system of gemstones which was traditionally based on rarity. They’ve created a market where anything other than a diamond (for an engagement ring) is subject to criticism or is considered (by them not me!!!!) to be “not a real engagement ring”. I have an heirloom diamond ring that I love but if I were picking a new ring it wouldn’t be diamond!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I got a diamond half the size I coulda got because I insisted it was a canadian mined diamond and would have it no other way.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I had heard about conflict free diamonds before the Bee, but didn’t really know about it until I joined and started reading up on it.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Even conflict free diamonds are not ethically mined usually. Not that I’m saying people shouldn’t get one (I would if I could afford a good sized and nice one) but its just something to keep in mind. Kudos to those of you who do buy conflict free ones as the are an improvement.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@wederly:  said…

Even conflict free diamonds are not ethically mined usually

UNLESS they are Canadian Diamonds…

Which is why I too am proud to say I have one of those (but ya they are registered, and cost about twice the price… part of that is due to the fact that Canada is a first world country, so the Miners here make real money, and that drives the cost up as well)

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@SpecialSundae:  I chose a vintage cushion for that exact reason.  Besides its special cut being more appealing than modern ones, I really love having a diamond that has a past and hasn’t been recut or changed.  It predates most of these corrupt power battles and takes us back to days of morals and industrialization of the world.  Even though my certificate says my stone has FAIR symmetry, it still sparkles so I don’t get hung up on the paperwork

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