Post # 47
Boycotting conflict diamonds is really important, obviously, but even more needs to be done to address the circumstances that allow a small group of military rulers to run an illegal trade, exploit children, and generally create terror. Until extreme poverty is wiped out and education is universal, resource-rich countries will continue to struggle. It is sad.
Post # 48
@Miss Tattoo: Hi Miss Tattoo. We have been digging holes for thousands of years, I don’t think it is going to be the single cause of destroying the planet. That being said mining needs to be regulated and some land does need protection.
One thing is for sure, if they get good enough and cheap enough at creating diamonds that are huge, I want lab created diamond sunglasses, watch crystal, diamond countertops etc… 🙂
And to everyone I will plug it again.
Post # 49
@Dsquared: Lol I’m with you. I have no problem with diamonds themselves. I have a problem with the industry. I’m sure long after we are dead, the effects of mining is going to start showing up for future generations. I kind of imagine another alien world looking at us and shaking their heads that we can’t find a cleaner and safer way to do these things. But if they can get a lab created white stone for less than a mined diamond then I’m for it!
Post # 50
@2dBride: I love your sustainable rings. What a great way to not use diamonds mined with slave labor and using gold to that been utilized before.
In shopping for rings, I ask for the The Kimberly Process Certification, which is supposed prevent conflict diamonds from entering the mainstream. It is not wholly effective, but at least being aware of where my diamonds are harvested. We have been advertised to death about diamonds and now most of our engagement/wedding rings look like that ads that are in magazines and billboards. It was a brilliant marketing campaign.
Unfortunately some people don’t care, all they see is it’s my diamond and it’s what I want. I know many people like that in my circle. But, we all benefit from buying from vendors that participate in Fair Trade anything, i.e. coffee, fruit, flowers, consumer meats, electronics, cocoa beans, and diamonds. We need diamonds, they are useful for things other than our fingers, as someone pointed out. So it feels good to make a conscious consumer choice to select a possible conflict-free one.
Post # 51
jerkamuffin Thats what we did ,,
I have seen that movie and it makes me so mad and sad and it was very important to me when I got my ring are any orther kinda of diamond it was not a blood diamond I could’t live with myself it was and would not wear it so we asked our Jewelist on many ocassion if it was..I know mine is not so I can wear it with proud..
Post # 52
Unfortunately its not just Diamonds….
Even as diamonds have been used to fund violent conflicts in parts of Africa, colored gemstones currently support military regimes.