Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Contrary to popular belief Diamonds aren't a girl's best friend, especially if these baubles origins are associated with corruption, neglect & inhumane treatment. Conflict Free Diamonds premise is to assure buyers that the diamonds being purchased are devoid of violence, unethical treatment towards workers & environmental abuse. Here's a few tips on what to do when purchasing diamonds..
  • Ask to see your retailer's official written policy on conflict diamonds. All retailers should have one! Seriously
  • Expect educated staff members - you're spending major coins on diamonds & you should not settle for an imcompetant jeweler. Every staff member should know their company policies & government regulations against conflict diamonds.
  • Look for definitions of conflict free that mention both environmental & labor considerations, as well as eliminating violence and wars. Conflict free means an ethically and environmentally responsible origin.
  • Look for diamonds originating from Canada. Fair trade diamonds are in the works in West Africa, but certification standards are still being developed. Until then, Canadian origin with accompanying certification is still the only sure guarantee of conflict free status.
  • Look for certification and tracking guarantees. Retailers should know every country and facility their diamonds have visited, from the mine to the store. NO Exceptions!!!

While it seems like a difficult endeavor it isn't - it's worth the effort to ensure that the diamonds you purchase are conflict free - who wants drama!


Anonymous said...

Like who buys diamonds

rauschka said...

That black dude from that movie 'blood diamond' can conflict me all the time

Anonymous said...

I knew someone who had the worst engagement ring the diamond was huge but the qaulity was less then stellar yuck

Anonymous said...

I don't want no drama. You don't know which local put a "root" on the local diamond mine. I'll look into the conflict-free ice whenever I will purchase some in the future.

Anonymous said...

What year are in with 'root'? Give me a break - shucks give me a klondike bar!

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