Conflict Diamonds

Conflict Diamonds

The Issue

Conflict diamonds (also known as blood diamonds, converted diamonds, hot diamonds, or war diamonds) are still a major societal. Unfortunately, the issue is often overlooked because many people and corporations are in denial (or turn a blind eye) about the harmful consequences that earth-mined diamonds have on human rights and the environment. Even the year the award-winning film Blood Diamond was released, earth-mined diamond sales increased. We believe consumers have a right to know where the goods they are buying are sourced from. However there is currently no way to trace the exact origin of any earth-mined diamond once it hits the international diamond market. Because of this, we believe there is no such thing as a conflict-free earth-mined diamond.

What is a Conflict Diamond?

A conflict diamond is considered “conflict” if its profit is used to fund war, or it’s mined or produced under unethical conditions. Conflict diamonds are also referred to as “Blood Diamonds” specifically for the inhumane treatment of the people mining the diamonds.

Redefining the Conflict Diamond Definition

The current definition of a conflict diamond does not include the negative environmental impact of mining diamonds. The Greener Diamond defines a conflict diamond in a broader scope that includes the protection of the environment. A conflict diamond is any diamond that is unsustainable, thereby contributing to a negative impact on the environment, society and/or the economy. The true definition of a conflict diamond or “blood diamond” needs to include the following:

Humanitarian Impact

The funding of civil war and terrorism as well as corruption and misleading advertising used to gain consumer confidence in a supposed "conflict-free" diamond market.

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Environmental Impact

The negative impact caused by the mining and production of earth-mined diamonds.

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An industry that is not just equitable for diamond mining comunities or a fair value for the consumers purchasing them.

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