(Closed) Interesting article about diamonds and the Kimberley Process

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m curious how mining practices with precious metals and other natural gemstones compare.  While some of these practices might not fuel wars, chances are they’re violating human rights in some places, too.  And mining is certainly not good for the environment.  

 

Diamonds are an easy thing to point fingers at.  Truth is, if you live in a developed country, lots of your consumer choices are supporting some sort of corruption, violation of human rights, and environmental damage.  From your clothes to your chocolate to your jewelry.  This article is a great reminder of how our choices affect our world.  It got me thinking of how many of our “wants” are really frivolous things we don’t really need.  Some of these frivolous wants come at a heavy cost to someone else, and I know I don’t usually bother to think of that.  This article got me thinking about the reality that, in the developed world, is all too easy to overlook.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Ugh.

I had a friend who was in Zimbabwe for Peace Corps service.  She had to get evacuated out of there because it was so dangerous.  I really [foolishly, it seems] thought The Kimberly Process was making things better.

 

Did you all see the piece that NBC did about gold mining:

http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/richard-engel-journeys-into-dangerous-gold-mine/610fj8q

Post # 6
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Worker bee

Great article! I remember watching Blood Diamonds and saying to myself that I would’d buy a diamond. But since the engagement conversation just recently became a real thing in my life I haven’t given the Diamond trade much thought.

Truthfully, after learning about all of these other gemstones (man made) on this site and forums online I’ve become very interested in them. I think ALOT of people would go for these ethical stone (less expensive) if they just knew about them. This info is not readyly available and it’s not like we see commercials with “Moissanite” in them.

 

During the Holiday season, you can’t turn on the TV without at least 1 diamond engagement ring commercial an hour.

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yup, I used to work in international aid so I knew that the Kimberly Process was just a way to say that we (the West) were trying to do something while still continuing with bad practices. 

Sort of related is the mining of Coltan which is used in cell phones. In a similar vein as diamonds, it’s financing the war in Congo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/kenya/100118/congo-conflict-minerals-mining

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

This is why I will never purchase a mined stone – ever.  Even pearls are taboo for me.  An oyster died so you can have a pearl.  That’s just a bit wrong.

Post # 9
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4478 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@rubyred605:  To hear an oyster scream is the stuff nightmares are made of.  Wink  

 

Seriously, though, I’m really glad there’s so much education here on the Bee about ering options besides diamond.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

While I am not saying diamond mining isn’t bad, it is. I think people jump on that band wagon and ignore all the other things that we buy everyday that is unethically sourced. Gold, silver, any other metal mined out of the group is destructive to the enviroment, our produce is farmed with what amounts to slave labor, imported flowers aren’t always ethical, chocolate, cars, CLOTHING, all not usually very ethicical. Oh coffee too. I hate paying $5-8 for a cup of whatever at Starbucks but I will give them this, part of Starbucks coorportate goals is to only buy, at a fair market price not so uber low it robs the farmers, fair trade coffee. Heck, the gas we use everyday, even if you don’t personally drive, that public transport you use has gas that is most likely from a middle Eastern country where women are subjugated, slave labor exsists and you as a consumer are supporting goverenments that fund terrorism and atrocities against their own people. 

I’m not saying it isn’t a battle worth fighting, they all are until we can fix the system. But I do think there has become a stigma against certain parts when there are many, many things that need fixing. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@chasesgirl: I completely 100% agree. This is why I pointed out coltan. It’s not just one thing, there are a lot of things that are unethically sourced. We need to become better consumers. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yeah, Strombo has something up about that report as well:

http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/social-issues/conflicted-over-conflict-diamonds-global-witness-quits-the-kimberley-process.html

I think it’s a pretty solid argument for forgoing most of the diamonds on the traditional market. True, there are always Canadian diamonds, but the Canadian mines can be pretty environmentally catastrophic too, and that can quickly become a human rights issue as well.  

@chasesgirl: I just don’t think you can compare buying diamonds to paying bus fare, you know? One is definitely a luxury item, by any definition, and the other is pretty necessary to earning a living wage. Not buying blood diamonds seems like a pretty good way to change what you call “the system.” It is sucky that people are made to feel defensive about their engagement rings, but on the other hand it’s understandable that people get a little more frantically defensive about their $3000 ring than their $3 coffee. 

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