Post # 1
My Boyfriend or Best Friend proposed this weekend (super exciting!) and when we got home he showed me the certificate he got for the diamond. This is what it says regarding being conflict free.
*Conflict Free Diamond*
And that’s it. It doesn’t explain the definition of what classifies as conflict free, or what country it’s from. I though it was funny how vaguely it was written. It just seems like anyone could write that on a certificate and be done with it. So bees, does your certificate say the same thing, or does it have more information?
P.S. I know what blood diamonds are so I’m not asking for an explanation about that. And I’m not posting this to start a discussion on ethical vs. unethical or judging anyone who’s certificate doesn’t say it’s conflict free. I’m just genuinely curious on whether anyone else’s certificate is so vague.
Post # 3
I don’t remember what it says on the certificate exactly, but there was a whole lot more information on the diamond.
I just saw that you know what blood diamonds are, but here’s link to the BE education page, there might be some more info on what a cert should include http://www.brilliantearth.com/about_products/
Post # 4
If I recall correctly (the papers on my diamond are in a safe deposit box), I got two certificates with my e-ring. One is the AGS certification, stating details of the ring and that it is engraved with a serial number and a maple leaf on the girdle (the diamond is canadian). Then I also got a certificate from the Canadian mine stating a lot of the same details, the serial number, that it is a conflict free diamond, and the details of the mine it came from.
My wedding band also has canadian diamonds, and I have a certificate from brilliant earth stating the serial number of the ring and that the diamonds came from two seperate canadian mines. It says that the diamonds are guaranteed to be conflict free.
I don’t know a lot about the different certifications, but I feel like you should have more information about your ring. Our jeweler told us that conflict free diamonds should have information with them tracking them from mine to store.
Post # 5
I CAN HELP!!! (I’m SUCH a diamond girl). Ok so, In Sierra Leone (and other places but Leone is the MOST talked about), there is basically a major controversy about the inhumane conditions in which diamond “big wigs” are treating the actual workers and how the diamonds are being mined. There are babies…children working in those mines in addition to poor adults who are losing limbs, their eyes/eyesight, getting crushed, without being paid much of anything at all. And we don’t like that. So if your diamond is “conflict-free” it means that the jeweler did NOT buy any diamonds in your ring from these “Conflict mines”. Congrats!!! It’s an honor!!
(I only, ONLY deal with conflict-free jewelers)!!
Post # 6
@katieebee: I think she knows what a conflict-free diamond is, but wondering if her certification is actually correct.
@beebeebuzzbuzz: My fiance keeps forgetting to give me the papers regarding my diamond and ring. But I’m asking him now what’s on it and if it says more than “conflict free”. He went to Shane Co and from what I remember their diamonds are advertised as conflict free… but that doesn’t mean anything. When he showed me the papers it was pretty thick, so I’m guessing it has more than the phrase “Conflict Free” but I could be wrong. I’ll let you know once he tells me 🙂
Post # 8
so it means it comes from a mine that is not fighting over diamond rights or slavery. (my fi did alot of research when he bought my ring)
Post # 9
@FutureHarp:Yes ma’am. A mine that doesn’t provide harsh conditions for it’s workers that could cause them to be killed, disfigured or disabled. Also, it’s a mine that doesn’t use it’s funds to finance other unethical industries.
Post # 10
@katieebee: Hey katiebee, I’m sorry if I offended you. 🙁 I really wasn’t trying to… I honestly thought that you didn’t understand her post. I’m really not into being mean to people and causing conflicts, so I apologize. I was trying to keep her post on topic since we’ve had some heated discussions for the past few weeks on here.
Let me know, ok? I don’t want to start any fights.
Post # 11
@beebeebuzzbuzz: Is it possible for you or your fiance to call the jeweler and ask? Kind of weird that they don’t offer more info, especially since buying a conflict free diamond is such an important selling point for lots of consumers. Buyers have to hold jewelers accountable to ensure diamonds are coming from ethical sources.
Post # 12
I had the same question about my ring. Here’s a good primer on what “conflict-free” means since it has changed recently: http://www.brilliantearth.com/news/diamond-industry-backs-expanded-conflict-diamond-definition/