In bad news there aren’t truly any fully conflict-free, eco-friendly diamond wedding rings. In good news no one says you have to 100% get a diamond wedding ring.
Diamond wedding rings are a confusing topic because of the no-conflict issue.
Is “conflict-free diamond” even a real term?
Yes, plenty of jewelry sellers use the term conflict-free, but it’s not an actual certified term by any means. Some jewelry retailers will claim that they track every single diamond from the mine, to the polisher, to the shop, in order to ensure ethical practices.
However, the mere act of mining diamonds sets diamonds up as not ethical or eco-friendly. Plus, since the term zero or no-conflict diamond is currently self-policing it means little taken at face value. No one is checking up on diamond sellers to make sure said conflict-free diamonds are actually ethical.
Who is tracking diamonds? Anyone?
The Kimberly Process is somewhat tracking diamonds, but they’re not an offical certifying party. In fact the entire warranty system endorsed by all Kimberley Process participants, all buyers and sellers of both rough and polished diamonds relies on, “personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the supplier of these diamonds.” As I’m sure you realize, self-policing your own products guarantees nothing to the public.
If you go hunting at diamond stores, even those selling “conflict free” they won’t be able to offer any substantial proof of their non-conflicts.
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- There are no conflict free diamonds
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What can you do?
You can realign your thinking – a diamond is not an indication that your love is real or that you’ll be happily married. Other issues are much more important.
You could be unique – everyone has a diamond, but you could go a different way. In spite of their cost diamonds are not all that rare. Rings exchanged for love, have a long history but diamonds as the jewel of choice in these rings, is only because of an early monopoly in the diamond industry that you don’t have to blindly follow.
Going with another ring will set you apart and support your eco-ethics.
To sum up
If you absolutely need a diamond wedding ring it will not be conflict free and you will have that diamond at a cost to the environment.
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