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How To Get A Conflict Free Diamond

Jan 8, 2008
Your biggest events usually come with a diamond attached. Your wedding, your engagement, a big anniversary - all of these warrant a diamond, or several. But these diamonds may come with a nasty surprise, as they may be blood diamonds. Buy a conflict free diamond instead, and save the heartache.

Most of the world's diamonds come from Africa, where they are mined in countries like Angola, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Republic of Congo. These diamonds are often called blood diamonds, or conflict diamonds, because they are involved in being sold for profits that will be used for war.

Conflict diamonds are such a big part of the diamond trade that the United Nations has intervened in the diamond trading process several times over the years to try to stop conflict diamonds from being traded in the open market. In 2002, the Kimberley Process was enacted to screen all diamonds.

The Kimberley Process is not all that the world hoped, and unfortunately some of these conflict, or blood, diamonds still get through to jewelers throughout the world. In 2007 alone, over 10 million US dollars worth of these diamonds made it through the screeners' hands and into jewelers' cases.

These diamonds themselves are no different in appearance or quality than any other diamond, and you will not be able to tell if your diamond was mined in a conflict situation by just looking at it. However, you can make sure to buy a conflict free diamond by purchasing one from specific sources.

There are a handful of jewelers that work only with conflict free diamonds. Those jewelers have to obtain their diamonds from someplace other than Africa to be sure, and that place is usually Canada. These diamonds are a bit more rare, so the price of the conflict free diamond is more expensive.

If you want a less expensive way to avoid conflict diamonds, try purchasing estate jewelry. Often, this jewelry is old enough that it was mined in areas that were not in conflict at that time, or are not conflict areas. While you can never be 100% sure these aren't conflict diamonds, it is a cheaper option.

Conflict free diamonds are a great way of being kind to the world. If you buy fair trade coffee and are into green living, you should also care about where your diamonds come from. Making sure you buy diamonds that will not profit war is a great step in the right direction of a better world.
About the Author
Arsne Bergkampe is with JewelryStoresforYou.com - a directory of jewelry stores around the country.
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