(Closed) Does anyone know

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Conflict-free diamonds mean that they are ethically sourced. This means no slave labor/fair wages, no child labor, no profits going into the pockets of dictators and warlords. Brilliant Earth has a great (and more in-depth) explanation here.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

The thing is, though, you can never be sure if a mined diamond is “conflict free”. Unless you were there when it was mined, anyway. There’s been a lot of controversy over this.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 1984

@wrkbrk:  Conflict free diamonds are certified by the Kimberley process (introduced in 2003 by the United Nations General Assembly) as a way to ensure that rough diamond purchases are not financing violence by “rebel movements and their allies seeking to undermine legitimate governments.” In some of the countries where diamonds are mined, it would be difficult to know which is worse – the rebels or the government! It would be inappropriate to believe that “conflict free” diamonds means that workers are receiving a fair wage and that child labour is not being used because the only thing conflict free means is that it did not come from an area where rebels are trying to overthrow a government recognized by the United Nations as legitimate.

If you are interested in diamonds that come from a conflict free area where workers are paid a living wage and no child labour is used, then Canadian diamonds are for you! However, it was recently found that uncertified African diamonds were being sold as Canadian diamonds, not to mention that diamond mining destroys the environment.

Lab created diamonds (these are not CZ, but actual diamonds) are definitely ethical and environmentally friendly – see Gemesis labs, Brilliantearth.com. Of course, some diamond lovers are really enthralled by the fact that their stone was made and came from the earth. If that describes you and you still want something ethical and environmentally friendly, why not an estate diamond – see Jewels by Erica Grace (soooo yummy!!!) As a bonus, both lab and estate diamonds are less expensive than mined diamonds. Enjoy your search.

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Another controversial point re: conflict-free diamonds is that most diamonds are cut in Israel and are a big source of revenue for the country.  

 @Mrs.Bill:  Lab created stones and estate diamonds are great suggestions for those interested in the conflict-free route.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I went vintage, mine is an old cut prior to these conflicts.  It makes me feel a lot better about wearing my ring too!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@abirdword:  Why is that a controversial point?

@Mrs.Bill: Brilliant Earth does not sell lab created diamonds.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@vorpalette:  It’s probably controversial because of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict…if you take sides on that.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 1984

@puppiekisses:  Love those old cuts! My friend’s mother has the most amazing 1.5ct OEC diamond in a fishtail setting. The diamond is probably aJ-K in colour, but that very faint colour really adds to the stone and the whole look of the ring. I slobber all over myself everytime I see itLaughing

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Mrs.Bill:  Ah, I didn’t realize there was a different search for that. I’ve only ever seen the search for the mined ones (although maybe the lab created is newer? I haven’t been to their site in a while)! Interesting that they sell smaller than 1ct, as I’ve always heard that it’s not cost effective to make them any smaller.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 1984

@vorpalette:  I think the stock varies – sometimes they do have larger stones, but it could also be that customers are purchasing .4 – .85ct?  I last looked at Gemesis’ site a couple of weeks ago and their max size at that time was 1.05ct. In any event, it’s nice to know you can have your cake and eat it too (ethical, environmentally friendly diamonds) if those things are important to you.Smile

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