One of the most exciting parts of an upcoming marriage might be choosing your ring. No matter your budget, the engagement ring you choose will always stand as a symbol of the love between you and your fiance. The traditional choice, when it comes to rings, is to use diamonds. Diamonds come at all price points, cuts, clarity, sizes, and more. One issue you might not automatically consider is how your diamond made the journey to you from the mine. Unless you are using an estate stone or one passed down from the family, you are very likely to choose your diamond at a jewelry store, so read on and learn more if you are concerned about where your diamond comes from.
What Does Your Diamond Represent?
Diamonds are not just representative of your own feelings for each other—they also can also be born of conflict. So-called conflict diamonds have been mined in countries where poverty, corruption, and brutality are funded by the sales of those precious stones. If you have a choice, you might not want the purchase of your diamond to fund wars. That is the thinking behind conflict-free diamonds.
Understanding More About Conflict Diamonds
A 1998 report "Rough Trade" first introduced many to the term conflict diamonds. The mining trade in African countries use the profits of that trade to fund war. The diamonds mined in Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, and Angola are known as "blood" diamonds.
How to Know Where Your Diamond Was Mined
Most jewelry buyers never consider where that sparkling stone originated, and before the Kimberly Process was created, there was no way of knowing that information. The Kimberly Process was created in 2002 by the United Nations to help assure diamond buyers that their stones did not come from conflict zones. This process tracks each stone from the original mine to the jeweler's case.
What To Know About Conflict-free Diamonds
You might be wondering about how to access diamonds that have been certified by the Kimberly Process as being from conflict-free mines. These diamonds are easy to find—they are likely present in your local jewelry store and those throughout the world. Diamonds certified by the Kimberly Process are not more difficult to find than any other diamond. As to the cost, they are also not more expensive than other diamonds. You might be surprised to find out that about 99% of all diamonds sold are certified to be conflict-free.
Speak to jewelers at Longhorn Jewelry Exchange about the Kimberly Process.