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Things you need to know about Diamonds

All of us love diamonds. It is one of the precious metals found in the core portion of the earth. We think our science books carry all that we have to know about diamonds. But to be honest, they don’t. Even women, who are too much into buying jewelry, fail to know a...
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How do Diamonds Form?

Diamonds are one of the most precious metals found on earth, and there is not one person who would not want to own it. The diamonds that we buy today in the jewellery shops are not the diamonds in their truest form. Yes, they are good diamonds, but just like other...
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Diamond Buying Guide in 4 Easy Steps!

Step 1, Educate Yourself About Diamonds!   First, you need to educate yourself about diamonds. We recommend that you read our section about the Diamonds 4 c’s : Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat size. In that section, you will learn why the quality and the price of...
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What is my Fiancee’s Ring Size?

The first question you should ask yourself is whether you want to know her exact size before you buy her ring or if getting the ring resized afterwards is not a problem. Some people don’t want to risk spoiling the surprise! Most jewelers can easily resize the ring for...
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Yellow Gold Rings

Gold engagement rings are one of the most popular choices and classic choices. Gold is malleable, durable, hypoallergenic, tarnish-resistant, and rare enough to be precious. In jewelry, gold is often alloyed or melted with other metals such as copper, silver, zinc,...
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Kimberley Process for Rough Diamonds

Definition of the Kimberley Process for Rough Diamonds Okay, so if you’ve been reading our site carefully, you have probably noticed by now that we keep on mentioning the Kimberley Process for Rough Diamonds. The Kimberley Process was first created by South Africa in...
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Blood Diamonds

What Are Blood Diamonds? Blood diamonds are often refered to as conflict diamonds (as opposed to conflict-free diamonds). The UN describe them as diamonds which originate from regions controlled by forces opposed to internationally recognized governements and that are...
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How to Close the Deal

Now that you’ve chosen whether you are going to buy online or from a local retailer, please read the appropriate last minute tips on how to close the deal: Local Retailer of Diamonds Ask the retailer to put the quality, grade and value of the stone in writing. If he...
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What Are Blood Diamonds?

Blood diamonds are often refered to as conflict diamonds (as opposed to conflict-free diamonds). The UN describe them as diamonds which originate from regions controlled by forces opposed to internationally recognized governements and that are often used to fund military action.

Civilians are unfortunately often killed during the fights that take place between the armed combatants and the governments in place. Examples of countries that are involved in blood diamonds are Angola, Congo and Sierra Leone (which is the most notable one of the three). Certains countries such as Liberia have also used their diamond industry to fund conflicts in other countries.

Unfair Child Labor Practices

In addition to the obvious unfortunate consequences of civil and foreign wars, it has been proven that these countries often produce conflict diamonds under very unfair child labor practices. However, keep in mind that unless your diamond is produced in a trusted country (such as Canada or the United States of America), it is possible that these unfair labor practices are also in place. Non-warring countries have also been known, in certain cases, for operating under unfair labor practices.

How to Buy a Conflict-Free Diamond?

As per Natural Resources Canada’s Website, “On January 1, 2003, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme for international trade in rough diamonds was implemented. As a result, all rough diamonds being traded between Kimberley Process participants under Customs Tariff Subheadings 7102.10, 7102.21 and 7102.31 must be accompanied by a Kimberley Process certificate”.  Basically, it means that any importer in let’s say Canada or USA has to get a certificate of origin for the rough diamonds that they are importing. Is this 100% safe or conflict-free? Probably not, but it’s as good as it can get, unless you buy from a provider of American or Canadian diamonds only! That is an excellent question to ask your retailer before you make your loose diamond or engagement ring purchase.