Always insist on buying conflict free diamonds so that your conscience does not berate you later.What is a conflict diamond?To know about a conflict diamond you must first know that about 65% of the total produced in the world come from Africa. There are countries like Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia where poor people are treated like slaves to produce diamonds. When these are sold in the market, the money goes into funding insurgency, terrorist activities, coups and other unsocial acts. These are known as conflict free diamonds. They are created shedding the blood of people and the money realized from their sales is also used for blood shedding. Hence, they are also called blood diamonds.How to know whether you are buying a conflict diamond or not?When you go to a jeweler to buy a diamond, you must try and ensure that you are not buying a conflict diamond. It is not the easiest of tasks to achieve but you can still try. Ask the jeweler whether he or she knows the country of origin of a particular stone. If the answer is the countries mentioned above then you can be almost sure that it is a conflict diamond. If you research them well then you will come to know of areas of Africa where non conflict diamonds are produced. Next you can ask the jeweler to show you the proof that the diamond has gone through the Kimberley Process. There are a set of documents that show that it is Kimberley Process compliant. These are two ways to ensure that you are not buying a conflict free diamonds.Kimberley ProcessIn 2002, the United Nations approved the Kimberley Process that was devised by the World Diamond Council. This process consists of some laws that ensure that all the diamonds mined in a particular country are non conflict and certified by the government of that country. They issued a tamper proof certificate and shipped in containers sealed by the government. However, these laws are not totally enforceable and joining the process is optional.Most people don't know about conflict diamonds. But anyone buying them must be aware of this fact about diamonds. By not buying conflict free diamonds you will at least ensure that the slave runners will have to look at other options when they mine this rocks.
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