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My partner and I are both looking for conflict-free diamond engagement rings. Do any of you have any favorite jewelers? I LOVE the look of Ken & Dana designs, particularly this one: http://shop.kenanddanadesign.com/collections/engagement-rings/products/organic-aurora-engagement-ring and I think I’ll probably get it for my partner.
However, I’m not sure what I want for myself. Something similar to that one, but not the same (because we don’t want to be THAT couple).
Any ideas for a conflict-free jeweler who makes different but still classic things?
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I got my ring from a local jeweler. I would walk into a local jeweler and ask if they use conflict free diamonds. If they do, they should be able to supply you with a certificate proving it is conflict free (in addition to the certificate with its stats).
Post # 5
You can always look at antiques. There are some absolutely stunning old rings out there – at great prices too because diamonds don’t resell very high.
Post # 6
I got mine from brilliant earth, and love it. Blue Nile does great stuff too!
Post # 7
That ring is beautiful! Have you considered not going the diamond route? That way you can be really sure it’s conflict free! Or heirloom rings from before the 90s?
Post # 8
Blue Nile.. Tiffany’s… De Beers… Birks… they’re all conflict free these days.
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- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
I agree with asscherlover – mine’s from a local independant jeweller’s, and they’ve guaranteed it as conflict-free.
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@JenGirl: How would before the 90s ensure they’re conflict free? I am pretty sure that before then the working conditions in mines were even more horrendous. Just saying.
ETA: I know the issue is also about wars but I am thinking more globally I guess.
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@canarydiamond: “conflict” usually refers specifically to the sale of diamonds to and from guerrilla armies in conflict regions in Africa that use child soldiers and rape gangs… not the conditions in mines. Unfortunately, the conditions for miners are pretty horrible across the board – from silver and gold to gemstones to diamonds. You can’t really buy anything that requires mining without contributing to terrible conditions… it sucks.
Post # 12
Hi hgwells: , first and foremost… I see this is your second posting on WBee… so a BIG WELCOME to “the Hive”
I don’t think it is soo much about any particular Jewellery Store in that a lot of places now are carrying lines of Canadian Diamonds (under a whole bunch of brandnames = http://www.canadiandiamondcodeofconduct.ca/EN_canadian_diamond_brands.htm )
So go with a Jewellery Store that you like / feel comfortable with, has been in business a long time, and sells CERTIFIED Canadian Diamonds (those that come with Certificiation of both their Conflict Free Status AND their value… I personally wouldn’t buy a Feature Diamond or a Ring that wasn’t Independently Certified)
IF you are looking for recommendions of Jewellery Stores specific to the area that you live in (based on your WBee PROFILE info… guessing Atlanta, Georgia) you might want to check out the LOCAL BOARDS here on WBee… (look for the word LOCAL at the top of this page in the Grey Banner just as part of the Boards Listings). Then click on SOUTH and finally ATLANTA to find the Board for your part of the country… posting in there and you’ll probably attract the attention of a lot more local Brides-2-B in your State.
As well there is the VENDOR REVIEWS Section here on WBee (they are listed in the Green Banner at the top of the page). You’ll probably find some Atlanta Jewellery Stores there as well.
Hope this helps,
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@BartenderPlease: Yeah, I realized that and went back and edited my original post.
Post # 14
Hi! I have A Birk’s diamond and ABSOLUTLEY LOVE IT! It is a 1 carat solitare set in platinum. My friends have rings from other jewlery stores and my diamond outshines them 10 to 1. I had no idea my fiance was getting me a designer ring(I just wanted to get engaged) but he did his research and decided it was worth the investment. He bought it in the US at Mayor’s Jewlers which sells Birk’s Collections. I think it is entirely up to you and what is important to you! I really wanted a ring from Blue Nile for the longest time and I have several friends that have BEAUTIFUL diamonds from them!