(Closed) Conflict Diamonds *Poll*

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Where you/your FI worried about where the diamond came from?
    Buying a certified is enough to not worry. : (93 votes)
    41 %
    Go for antique/vintage. : (36 votes)
    16 %
    Don't care where the diamond came from. : (56 votes)
    25 %
    Stay away from diamonds in general (better safe than sorry). : (42 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    344 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    This mattered greatly to my Fiance and I- we chose to go with a certified Canadian diamond from a very reputable company.

    Post # 4
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    2697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Yeah, the Kimberly Process isn’t perfect. It difficult to be sure a new diamond isn’t a blood diamond.

    Post # 6
    Member
    2270 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I read that diamonds are often smuggled from conflict regions into regions where there is no conflict and are then sold as conflict-free diamonds. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    4755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I really don’t get the buying second hand thing. If it was a blood diamond then it is still a blood diamond now. Buying into that trade still supports it second hand or not.

    Post # 8
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    901 posts
    Busy bee

    @bunnyharriet:  Yep, you hear about it all the time!

    We’re going with a lab created stone to avoid all of this kind of thing. Not to mention the toll mining takes on the environment!

    Post # 9
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    901 posts
    Busy bee

    @vmec:  I don’t get it, either. It also continues to promote mined diamonds.

    Post # 10
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    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I don’t believe that the likelihood of a diamond bought in the US being a blood diamond is very high, so I was not concerned about where he got the diamond from.

    Post # 11
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    2196 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    Unless you just don’t care about the blood diamond/conflicted diamond whole deal you should go with lab created or something else. Personally I feel like the other options are just there to make people feel better about it. But I’m no expert.

    Post # 12
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    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 1993

    If I worried about the impact of every single decision I made, I would be dead by now from starvation, lack of funds to buy necessary items for survival, and exposure due to not having clothing.

     

    This does not make me blissfully ignorant, this makes me a realist.  I understand the impact I can have and I do my best to counter-balance, but at the end of the day life is much more enjoyable when I’m not freaking out over every step I make.

    Post # 13
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    2270 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @RedAngelDreamer:  This is exactly what I’m doing. I am having a moissanite ring made 🙂 I think of the environment in a lot of the decisions I make. I am vegan and eat only real, whole foods to greatly reduce my impact on the planet, decrease the amount of trash I produce, eliminate the waste that occurs from feeding billions of animal in the US each year that will be slaughtered etc. I don’t eat GMOs either. 

    @Blanche:  I see what you’re saying and it’s true it’d be difficult to ensure we make decisions that don’t harm anyone and probably even impossible. However it is easy and more cost effective to choose stones that have not caused suffering to human beings and damage to the planet. 

     

    Post # 14
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    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 1993

    @bunnyharriet:  Ah, not just stones though… and that’s where ignorance comes in.  I’m not saying YOU’RE ignorant, but it’s not just the diamond that is the issue.  It can be the metal, the craftsmanship, the transport, the… EVERYTHING that comes with making a ring and delivering it to your finger.

    Did you see the recent articles about the deaths at platinum mines?   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/08/201282383228306939.html

    Post # 15
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I was quite concerned, and did my research. I chose Canadian diamonds because the Kimberly Process is significantly flawed. My diamonds were mined and cut in Canada, with thorough documentation and etching on my stones to prove it. I tried to cross over to the moissanite or gemstone side, but the truth of the matter was that I really wanted diamonds and nothing else would do.

    I also chose to have my ring made out of recycled metal at a small, local jeweler who does all of their work in house. I wanted our money to match our ethics.

    Post # 16
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    2697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @RedAngelDreamer:  

    @vmec:  

    Can you elaborate? I don’t see how buying a used diamond encourages more diamond mining. Buying a used book doesn’t encourage more copies to be printed. Would love to hear a different side of this.

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