What are ethical diamonds?
What are Conflict Diamonds?
Have you ever wondered where your diamonds are sourced? Terms like "conflict-free diamonds" and "ethical engagement ring" are weeded used in the jewelry industry, but what do they really mean? The diamond industry used to be wrought with human rights abuses and environmental impacts. Although the diamond trade still isn't perfect, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme was put into place in 2002 to help prevent "conflict diamonds" from entering the global supply chain. According to the United Nations, conflict or "blood diamonds" are "diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments."
What are Ethical Diamonds?
So what makes a diamond or gemstone "ethical"? For a diamond to be considered fair-trade, strict labor and environmental standards must be followed. Child labor is prohibited. Workers must be provided fair wages and safe working conditions while diamond mining. In addition, mining practices must include procedures to protect local ecosystems.
Currently, the safest countries for diamond sourcing are Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Russia, and Canada. Diamonds sourced from countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cote d'Ivoire are more likely used to fuel violent conflict, civil wars, and human rights abuses.
Buying Ethical Diamonds
It's crucial to buy ethical diamonds from a trusted jeweler to avoid human rights issues and the environmental impact of the diamond industry. High-quality, conflict-free rough diamonds can be sourced by asking the right questions of retailers.
While their initial source can't be guaranteed, recycled diamonds are an ethical choice because no new mining is required.
Although marketed as an ethical choice, Lab-grown diamonds have a large carbon footprint and don't hold value nearly as well as natural diamonds.
All Alexis Jae diamonds are sourced from ethical supply chains. Our diamond engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry feature beautiful, natural diamonds that meet high standards for human rights and environmental impact.