Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 6:29pm by Site Administrator
These days, diamond buyers have another "C" to add to cut, color, clarity, and carat. The fifth "C" centers on conflict, a detail that relates to the sale of diamonds sold to fund conflict or war. These resources offer lots of information, ranging from overviews to specific questions you can ask, as well as reputable jewelers that support conflict-free diamond trade.
- What is a Conflict Diamond?: This resource from Stop Blood Diamonds gives a general introduction to the world of blood diamonds. You’ll find out exactly where the money goes and get a quick background about the steps being taken to stop the sale of blood diamonds.
- A Shopping Guide on Conflict Diamonds: This guide offers an overview of conflict diamonds, efforts to stop the trade, and what you can do to avoid buying a blood diamond yourself.
- Stop Blood Diamonds Registered Members: Through this directory, you can find a number of diamond service members that are against blood diamonds. They support the Kimberley Process and provide clear information regarding a diamond’s history. These include sellers, appraisers, cutters, and more.
- Kimberley Process FAQs: One of the best ways to avoid buying a conflict diamond is to familiarize yourself with the Kimberley Process. This document explains the process and offers questions that reputable jewelers should be able to answer with regard to their diamonds.
- Stop Blood Diamonds: This resource describes a few of the things you should look for in a reputable jeweler. It also offers a couple of important questions to ask. Additionally, it offers a link to a brochure with even more helpful information.
- How to Avoid Buying a Conflict Diamond: This guide highlights Canadian diamonds as one alternative to blood diamonds.
- Brilliant Earth: This retailer sells only conflict-free diamonds from Canada. They even donate 5% of their profits to African communities affected by conflict diamonds. Additionally, Brilliant Earth makes an effort to use renewed gold, which protects the earth from destructive gold mining.
- Amnesty International Diamond Buyers Guide: Check out this guide to buying a conflict-free diamond from Amnesty International. You’ll find interesting statistics, questions to ask, and links to more resources.
- Man-made Diamonds: A Girl’s New Best Friend?: This article discusses the entry of man-made diamonds into the market. These diamonds are real, but grown in labs in just a few days rather than mined. This is achieved by recreating the conditions that mined diamonds are created in. These diamonds sell for about 30% less than mined diamonds, and can be color or size matched. And obviously, you know they haven’t supported war or terrorism on the other side of the world.
- Leber Jeweler: Leber Jeweler sells socially-conscious and eco-friendly pieces of jewelry. Their repertoire includes Canadian diamonds, fair trade gemstones, and recycled metals. Each diamond is etched and comes with a certificate stating its origin.