Ethical Diamonds – what are they and how do you know you’re getting the real deal?
Ever since Blood Diamond (OK, so it was a thing a little bit before that too) the knowledge of and rise of ethical diamonds has been astronomical.
Ethical diamonds refers to diamonds that have been mined without funding or creating conflict (such as civil war); without severe damage to the environment; and without violation of child labour and general labour laws
Your first stop in choosing an ethical diamond is to speak to your jeweler. Because of the rise of ethical diamonds, jewellers are aware of the issue and will do their best to help you choose the right diamond for your bride-to-be.
You can specifically request a Blue Nile diamond – as one of the largest diamond retailers in the world, Blue Nile have committed to only selling conflict-free and ethically sourced diamonds. Your jeweller won’t mind as Blue Nile are likely to be where they are purchasing their diamonds from anyway, and so it’s not any skin off their nose.
You can also specifically look for diamonds that have been mined in Canada, the USA, Russia or South Africa, as these are diamonds generally considered to be the most likely to be conflict free. Make sure that you avoid diamonds sourced from Zimbabwe, Kenya and Sierra Leone, as these are nations most denounced for their diamond mining practices.
By being educated and asking the right questions, you can be assured of choosing a diamond that is going to be beautiful for your lady to wear for the rest of her life, without anyone having to suffer for it. If the sourcing of diamonds is a real concern for your fiancé to be, then it might be a better choice to move towards a gemstone engagement ring, and take diamonds out of the equation all together.
Note: The Kimberly Process is often touted as the be-all and end-all of ethically sourced diamonds. This is not the case, as it only certifies against direct conflict-inducing diamonds, not violence, environmental harm or labour law violations. Ask more questions of your jeweller, and if they argue the Kimberly Process point, it might be time to choose a new jeweller.