Blood diamonds and your engagement ring
Blood diamonds aren't a new fashion statement --
they're illegally traded diamonds that finance revolutions and fund
terrorism. These aren't the kind of stones you want on your engagement
Blood, or conflict, diamonds also are linked to human
rights abuses in African countries such as Angola, Sierra Leone
and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2000, the United Nations
initiated an effort to crack down on conflict diamonds that has
now resulted in their virtual elimination from the world's jewelry
As a result of these efforts, the likelihood of a
blood diamond ending up on a ring at your local jewelry store is
extremely remote, says Cecilia L. Gardner, general counsel with
the World Diamond Council.
"Over the past couple of years the diamond industry
has created a system to ensure that no diamonds enter the stream
of distribution that are from conflict-ridden areas," she says.
Called the Kimberly process, it requires that all
rough-diamond dealers certify that their diamonds are conflict-free.
In fact, U.S jewelry distributors and their customers won't purchase
raw stones from dealers that don't participate in the Kimberly process.
Every time a diamond shipment crosses an international border, it
must be certified as conflict-free.
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