How to Avoid Buying Conflict Diamonds

How to Avoid Buying Conflict Diamonds

There are certain rules one can apply when looking for diamonds for sale in South Africa and globally to actively avoid purchasing conflict diamonds. Here are some things to keep in mind.

What are Conflict Diamonds?

Conflict diamonds are defined as precious stones that are mined in efforts to fund civil war, especially in central and Western Africa. Conflict diamonds may also refer to diamonds that are mined under unethical conditions in any manner of speaking be it child labour, environmental destruction, unsafe working conditions and/or abuse. The term Blood Diamond is often used interchangeably with Conflict Diamond as it refers to the diamonds mined in conflict areas funding rebel groups who control the mines which result in bloodshed.

During conflicts in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone in the 1990s, 4% of the world’s diamonds were coming from these countries during the height of wars taking place on their soil.

In 2000 the groups Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada spread the truth on blood diamonds to inform the public of the suffering behind these diamonds.

Although this has dropped to 1%, we should continue to work together to obliterate the market for blood diamonds entirely and you can help by taking steps to ensure that the diamonds for sale you have your eye on are conflict free.

What is the Kimberly Process?

The diamond industry created the Kimberly Process in 2003 as a means to ensure that the import and export of rough diamonds are not from conflict areas. All international shipments of rough diamonds must have a Kimberly Process certificate to guarantee they are conflict free. This has been done in an effort to remove conflict diamonds from the global supply chain entirely. Today, the Kimberly Process actively prevents 99.8% of the worldwide trade of conflict diamonds.

How to Avoid Buying a Conflict Diamond

Here are some ways to avoid buying conflict diamonds when choosing a stone for a special occasion, like for an engagement ring. You should always be sure to:

Antique Diamonds

By buying antique rings you ensure they are not from areas of conflict. You will also not be feeding a demand for “new diamonds” and get a great deal on loose diamonds for sale.

Diamond Alternatives

Moissanite and cubic zirconia provide man-made alternatives to mined diamonds and also cost much less.

Gemstones

A fantastic alternative to diamonds is to buy a gemstone which are, arguably, more beautiful and unique.

When it comes to avoiding conflict diamonds in the market speak to a reputable jeweler in your area and their certification should tell you everything you need to know.

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