Why Buy Conflict-Free Diamonds?
Around 10 percent of the world's diamonds are illegally traded from conflict zones. It is estimated that $24 million worth of diamonds have been sourced from the Central African Republic alone. Diamond trading in this nation has funded genocide.
The only way that you can be sure your diamonds are ethically sourced is by buying conflict-free diamonds. Conflict free diamond rings have just as much sparkle as any other. Plus, you can rest easy knowing that your money is not put to nefarious use.
Conflict free diamonds help you make the world a better place with your buying choices. Read on and find out why you need to be buying conflict-free.
What is a Conflict-Free Diamond?
Certified conflict-free diamonds are diamonds that are designated as ethically sourced. These diamonds come from mines that are in accordance with the Kimberley Process.
The Kimberley Process is a set of standards created by the UN following the civil war in Sierra Leone. It ensures that any diamonds you buy are not linked to terrorist or rebel groups. It also ensures that those involved in the mining process are treated fairly.
While the process does have loopholes, it has helped to cut the number of blood diamonds on the market.
What Blood Diamonds Fund
Blood diamonds are diamonds that have been mined in conflict zones. In contrast to conflict-free diamonds, blood diamonds fund insurgencies, warlords, and genocide.
In the 1980s, 1 in 5 diamonds on the market were blood diamonds. Don't assume that large companies will always source diamonds ethically.
Rival rebel groups fight for control of the diamond fields, killing miners and civilians along the way. The funds from the diamond fields go into funding genocide, kidnapping, and murder.
Unethical diamond mines also utilize child labor, slave labor, and violence towards their workers.
When you buy a conflict-free diamond, you can rest easy knowing that your money is not funding violence.
Conflict-Free Diamonds Are No More Expensive
Conflictless diamonds from Africa are no more expensive than any other kind. If you would like to go a step further, you can buy diamonds from conflict-free zones. These include Canada, Australia, and Russia.
While diamonds from Canada and Australia tend to be more expensive, they do provide peace of mind.
Other alternatives to conflict diamonds are also available. You could have a custom ring made with an old stone. You could also consider proposing with rings featuring different stones.
The Ethical Girl's Best Friend
When you buy conflict-free diamonds, you can be sure of where your money is going. Your beautiful ring won't be tainted by fears of funding death in other parts of the world. They're beautiful, no more expensive, and offer peace of mind.
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