(Closed) Blood Diamonds?!!

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My view was that the artificial market in diamonds generated by the diamond industry’s relentless advertisement that all love must be accompanied by a diamond is what makes diamonds valuable enough so that blood diamonds are economically possible.  So I wanted to avoid any diamonds, whether or not the specific diamond I got was a blood diamond.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m not sure what the kimberely process is. My opinion on the entire diamond controversy is that there’s little to no guarantee where your diamond came from. There’s a lot of terrible trades in Africa you may not now about, and buying a diamond is no different than buying a shirt from Walmart that was sweated over by some poor Chinese woman in an overnight factory. Unfortunately, a lot of pain goes into our merchandise, but I’m not going to spend half my life googling fair-trade companies- if I so happen to cross one I’m happy with, great! I’ll keep buying. But if my Zales diamond came from Africa? Well, it’s what my husband bought me, has symbolic meaning, and was what we could afford.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My fi is a jeweler.  His dad’s been “working in the biz” for 35+ years -and works directly with many mines.  As both of them have explained to me – there’s really only 1 or 2 mines in Africa that are “blood diamonds.”  The likelihood of coming across a “blood diamond” is extremely rare. 

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