Post # 1
As a jeweler’s daughter, there has been one thing that has been bothering me…the topic of ethical diamonds. i think people as a whole are misinformed when it comes to this issue…diamonds nowadays are 99% conflict free. here WHAAAAT??? yeah, they are! well why is there still such a big deal about getting ethically sourced diamonds?? this article pretty much sums up what i think the weddingbee world needs to know about these diamonds.
what do you guys think about this hot topic?
Post # 3
I’m personally glad I recieved and heirloom diamond and got to tag out of the discussion. : )
Post # 4
I’ve read that many of the ethical problems that existed with diamonds have been resolved now. However – I think some people are still nervous about the possibility of buying a conflict diamond and just the whole diamond industry in general. I’m Canadian so we went with a Canadian Northern diamond. Partially it was to avoid conflict diamonds but the choice was also about supporting Canadian industry.
Although… unfortunately in Canada when a resource (energy, minerals… etc) exists in a province – that province profits from the resource. But the rules are different for territories… so the NWT or Nunavut (not sure exactly where the diamonds are mined) don’t received any money from the mining of diamonds – the federal government profits. Probably more than you wanted to know about the management of Canadian resources.
Post # 5
Well considering my center stone is an heirloom from my great grandmother’s ring, I’m pretty sure that it was not conflict free. Am I supposed to love it any less because of that? Because I don’t. It is meaningful to me as a family heirloom. It was purchased in 1960 long before I was born. I’m not responsible for where it came from soooo yeah, to state what will inevitably be an unpopular opinion, I don’t care where it came from.
Post # 6
@PrairieGirl: that’s actually really interesting! yeah, i understand how many people can still be nervous about the possibility of buying a conflict diamond. i’m not annoyed at that; it’s more the people in the jewelry industry who keep perpetuating these fears because it is to their best interest (aka, people will buy from them)
Post # 7
I’m personally not crazy about the diamond industry, period. I much prefer, and love, my sapphire ring.
Post # 8
Conflict free just bothers me in principle because there is a prime price attached to it. It’s the same thing with paying more for other environmentally-friendly products- sometimes, you have to wade through the hype to figure out what is really good and not just marketing.
I hope the day comes when doing the right thing, (not to say that I don’t) doesn’t gouge my wallet.
Post # 9
To us, the issue was more about the vaunted status of diamonds in general, given their history (both in terms of conflict and in terms of marketing). It was also the general mindset that diamond = engagement which we didn’t really like. Those issues exist wherever the diamond comes from.
I do think the Kimberley Process is somewhat flawed, though. Zimbabwe was recently approved as a conflict-free source, when the money from those mines flows to Mugabe and his party.
Post # 10
I chose a lab grown diamond instead. I couldn’t handle the idea of potentially having a conflict diamond. Plus, I’m a geek so I love the scientific aspect of it.
I didn’t really want a diamond but my husband insisted. We just added it to the wedding expenses which we split down the middle.
Post # 11
There is no way to know where a diamond comes from. That is what I learned in school for goldsmithing. Not to rain on the parade, but a serial number or a lazer tag, anything for that matter, can be removed from a diamond fairly easily.
Post # 12
we went canadian and researched the mines the diamonds came from first. then we picked a jeweler that carried diamonds that came from the mine we believed was the most environmentally friendly.
Post # 13
I’m disinclined to trust evidence collected and published by a group that includes several business with a vested interest in ensuring that diamonds continue to be both popular and pricey.
“Conflict” diamonds are only part of the problem. Most of the stones mined in Africa are bought and sold by companies that rely on slave labor – including that of child slaves – in their operations.
Post # 14
@hypercrazy38: Diamondfacts.org is not really a neutral source on the topic. It’s a website created and maintained by the world’s largest diamond merchants. You can probably find hundreds of articles on the internet to support whatever side of the argument you are on. No one article is the end-all, be-all on the subject.
@Entangled: Good point. And that is because the UN/Kimberly Process definition of a conflict diamond is very narrow. It does not extend to governments or government forces that trade in diamonds to finance their conflicts, for one example.
For anyone interested, there is a pretty good episode of Vanguard available on hulu that shows what life is like now for diamond miners in Kono, which was an area that was at the height of all the controversy during the civil war in Sierra Leone. *EDIT Season 1.
Post # 15
We picked an Australian canary diamond… I can’t tell you 100% that it’s conflict free, but we did our due diligence. The fact is that diamonds are in demand and even with our buying a non-conflict diamond, it still pushes up prices leading to continued trade in conflict diamonds. I wish I didn’t want a diamond, but the fact was that I did… and I love it.
I do my best. We try to avoid mass produced sweat shop products, but in the end, it’s incredibly difficult to source everything you buy!
Post # 16
What Edina said, pretty much word for word.