Did your symbol of love enslave someone?
Your diamond engagement ring or your diamond wedding ring is, no doubt, a symbol of love. And that too a really important one. No matter what other gifts your partner has given to you, nothing comes close to being as special as the diamonds! The solitaire ring not only marks the beginning of a beautiful love story but also signifies lifetime promise. After all, there is nothing like a diamond that spells true love better!
But before the precious diamond came to be a part of your beautiful ring, it was at the jewellery store. So when someone asks you the story of your beautiful diamond ring, you’ll them how you bought it. And it ends there! Want to know why you should know the rest of the story? Because you can’t be too sure if the diamond was “clean” all along.
Why should you know the backstory?
You may or may not know this but not all diamonds follow the same processes. Most diamond jewellery companies, of course, follow the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. This ensures that they mine diamonds legally, keeping in mind all the guidelines. There are strict guidelines that watch over all kinds of processes that bring the diamond from the mine to the market.
These guidelines include environment-safe practices and human rights of the miners. However, you may know about conflict diamonds. What are they called so? The name stands for exactly what these diamonds do – create conflicts. Rebel groups in certain countries illegally use these diamonds to fund wars against their governments. These groups also, sometimes, wrongfully extort the diamonds from mining companies.
But why should that bother you? Because it is not only the wars that are wrong. There are lives of innocent villagers at stake. The rebels extract the diamonds with the help of locals who are underpaid, unpaid and mistreated. They are forced to work under inhumane conditions. The worst is that even small children are forced to mine diamonds.
If you knew this is how your diamond reached the store, would you still call it a symbol of love?
Don’t let your symbol of love be the cause of someone’s misery
Even though you may have bought your diamond from a very reputed jeweller, it is these details that actually matter. Once a rough diamond has been cut and polished, there is no way of finding out if your diamond is conflict-free. Rebels only illicitly trade roughs as blood diamonds.
However, the Divine Solitaires digital platform ensures that every diamond from the brand is conflict-free. You can know about the whole story of your diamond which means that there is transparency throughout! And all of this only with a few clicks.
The journey starts from the mines and includes details on the weight of the rough diamond. You can also know the planned model of the rough and how the final product looks. Divine Solitaires abides by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme to ensure that no stone is a conflict diamond.
Once you know that your diamond has been through the right processes, you can always be at peace wearing it.