Many modern women are trying to lead a greener lifestyle, many brides are also looking to make their wedding day greener. This three-part series will help brides choose eco-chic jewelry that will make them look stunning, be good to the environment, support their fellow human beings and sustain their local economies. In part one we discussed recycling gold. In part two of this series we address conflict free diamonds and using diamond alternatives.
The Kimberley Process (KP) is a joint governments, industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds – rough diamonds used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments. According to The Kimberly Process Certification, conflict-free diamonds are mined and shipped under humane conditions and help their local economies. Fortunately, more retailers are adopting a conflict-free stance. Here are some quick tips that you can use when shopping for conflict-free diamonds.
- –Know what you are looking for – Learn about The Kimberly Process Certification. Reputable jewelers can provide a System of Warranties for conflict free diamonds.
- —Don’t limit your quest to Canada – While Canada really spearheaded the conflict-free movement, your search should not be limited to Canadian diamonds. Countries like Australia, Russia and many African countries are stepping up their conflict-free efforts.
- —Never overpay – While it may seem logical to pay more for a conflict-free diamond, the price of a diamond is still based on the 4 Cs – cut, color, clarity and carat. At this point, diamond shoppers do not have to pay more for conflict-free diamonds.