Post # 1
I know so many of us love and value our diamonds so much. Many were hopeful with the advent of the Kimberley process in 2003 that we would not have to worry so much about the sources and implications of our diamonds.
I struggled with even getting a diamond, because I didn’t want to feed human rights abuses… But I also love the sparkly so much! Eventually we settled on a colored diamond that could be traced to the Kimberley mine in Australia… but I have these teeny tiny pave diamonds that I never even gave a thought to. Yikes!
Here is a new article on the state of the Kimberley process. I’m not posting this to make any of us feel bad. I just think it’s good to have an awareness of what is going on, so that we can make informed decisions (whatever they may be). Here is a link to the article:
Post # 3
I also wrestled with this issue and knew full well that it’s impossible to truly trace the origin of those diamonds. Money can buy a lot of things, including a “clean” bill of origin. In the end, I went with a diamond ring for a few reasons – it was important to my fiance that I have a diamond, and I’m really hard on stuff so I wanted to make sure I had a durable stone. And while I hope it came from a reputable source, I’m quite aware that the certainty of that is up in the air.
Post # 4
We considered this concern, but in the end, I really wanted a diamond. I never gave a thought to where it came from until now. I’m not sure if Fiance chose a certified diamond or not – it’s scary to think where this little stone may have been before it got to me.
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Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
Not to make us all feel even worse, but all of our cell phones contain a specific mineral that’s mined in the Congo and finances rebel groups, rebel groups that carry out the most vicious and disgusting mass rapings of women and children.
Not trying to convince everyone to give up their cell phone – I can’t – but be mindful if you like to replace your phone frequently.
Post # 6
The fact that nearly all diamonds sold are conflict diamonds to some extent was a huge factor for Fiance and myself when we starting talking about getting engaged. To each his own – I just didn’t want to have to think about who had possibly suffered for my sparkly jewelry. Instead we choose a gooorgeous moissante ring that is nicer than anything we would have been able to afford otherwise. I am so happy with our decision! It sparkles just as much as a diamond and is very strong and clear. Also, moissanite (silicon carbide) was originally discovered on a meteor crater and is now manufactured in a lab, which, as a science major I think is pretty neat 🙂
Post # 7
One way to avoid this issue is to get an antique ring or diamond from an estate jeweler. I know this style is not for everyone, but it does put some of these concerns out of mind.
Post # 8
Honestly, I’m trying here, really. One of the main reasons I decided to go with a sapphire was to avoid the moral problem, and the annoyance of paying a higher price for a conflict-free diamond. Overpriced “conflict-free” diamonds don’t help either- because people shouldn’t have to pay more for the same product, (or doing the right thing) it’s really just someone profiting off of our willingness to do the right thing- it also drives the price of conflict diamonds up- because then there is a higher price point.
However, it’s a losing battle everyday. I stopped shopping Victoria’s Secret and Gap because of their use of prisoners/kids/whatever…. I really wish the people lining their pockets with my money would grow a heart.
I like the idea of an estate ring because then there is no reason to mine a new one and destroy more earth. There are many diamonds already out there, waiting to be re-set.
Ughh! End vent.
Post # 9
In a way estate rings aren’t any different from new rings. Either way the diamond has already been produced so you aren’t preventing any suffering that has already taken place.
Post # 10
Whoa. I disagree. When buying an estate or vintage piece, you are recycling. The whole point IS the diamond has already been mined. My diamond is 90 years old. if more people considered this option, the demand for diamonds would be less.
Post # 11
this article makes me so incredibly sad. my heart literally breaks each time i think of what the laborers must be suffering while i pine away for a gemstone with a halo of diamonds. lately i’ve considered sapphires (a lot) and this has made me hope that M will take my advise and go with clear sapphires or topaz. they are gorgeous and don’t hold the implications. all i can think of each day i read about the kimberley process and blood diamonds are my son’s face. he is the same age that some of the children are when they are forced into servitude. and the children look like my gorgeous funny little boy. i don’t want to be a part of that.