The Greener Diamond believes in progress – however, with progress comes responsibility. The CAR is well-known for its human rights violations surrounding the mining of their largest export, ‘blood’ diamonds. While we know that allowing the CAR to participate in the Kimberley Process will greatly help their economy, we can’t help
The Greener Diamond is not surprised that the Kimberley Process has failed again. Only two weeks after Amnesty International released their findings about conflict-diamonds in the CAR, there are new reports about conflict diamonds in Brazil being KP certified. “Environmental degradation and corrupt practices of illegal miners and traders threaten
This is a great article by Amnesty International that will make you think – once again – about where diamonds come from. Despite an export ban in place since May 2013 in the Central African Republic’s (CAR) diamonds are still being purchased without adequate investigating into whether they financed armed groups,
The Greener Diamond is thrilled to hear that Western Guinea has gone a step further when it comes to the monitoring the conditions of their diamond mines in order to prevent ‘blood diamond’ conditions. While it is noted that “the method doesn’t come without limitations” – the idea of using drones (or
After discussing how we feel about the topic on the diamond industry, The Greener Diamond agrees that this article by Rob Bate’s is worth a read. He has several good points current issues, consumer confidence, the KP. “When you sell diamonds, you don’t always know who is at the other end
While we cannot eradicate the greed of the diamond monopoly or the appetite of power hungry rebels, as consumers we can remove ourselves from contributing to the problem and become part of the solution. Change will only come through action motivated by a sincere understanding of the impact of our
The Greener Diamond founder, Anna-Mieke Anderson wrote this fantastic article for betterdiamondinitiative.org. It’s all about consumer choice and how you can make a difference just by a choosing a conflict-free lab-created diamond for your engagement ring. If you are looking to get engaged this article is… A Definite Must Read!
The Greener Diamond knows first hand about the dark side of the diamond industry and it’s hard to ignore statistics like this… “The illegal diamond trade continues to flourish, according to a UN panel of experts on Central African Republic. Since the ban was introduced, at least 140,000 carats of