Category Archives: Conflict Free

100 Conflict Free Reasons To Go Canadian

If you can afford it, some of the first diamonds to be mined in Ontario will be going up for sale at Birks’ flagship store in downtown Toronto on Monday. The 100 Ontario-certified gems are extremely high-quality, with a retail … Continue reading

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Antique-cut Diamond Engagement Rings

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Beware of Blood Diamonds

Why would Kimberley Process chairman Mathieu Yamba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo unilaterally authorize Zimbabwe to export diamonds from the controversial Marange fields this week? Much to the annoyance and confusion of some key member states, his decision … Continue reading

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Diamonds: Conflict to Consensus

Rebel armies in Africa sold blood diamonds to supply weapons to Sierra Leone, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rough diamond global trade regulation was thought to have the power to curtail the ‘diamond wars’. Significantly contributing to … Continue reading

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Very Fair Trade Diamonds or Globalization?

This truly uplifting 28 minute documentary on Diamonds Development and Property Rights serves to refresh and restore our confidence in the fact that society still cares enough about the future and livelihood of indigenous peoples, to make real and lasting … Continue reading

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Conflict-Free Brown Diamonds

Did you notice the subtle 2008 trend towards brown diamonds? Well, it’s no longer subtle! The sold rings below showed us an early trend towards these luscious, brilliant and appealing stone contrasts. And so, as these flew out of inventory, … Continue reading

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Human Rights & Environmental Justice Network

Fair Jewellery Action (FJA) has launched as a human rights and environmental justice network serving the jewelry sector. FJA promotes ethical and fair trade jewelry businesses by advocating traceability and transparency in the jewelry supply chain. The new network’s objective … Continue reading

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Conflict Free 4 Me

A reputable critique of conflict diamonds and advocate of the environment once wrote: ‘One carat of diamonds is extracted from one ton of Kimberlite, which itself is extracted from ten thousand tons of rock’! More disturbing than the enormous damage … Continue reading

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Demand a Green Engagement Ring!

Today, miners sift through ‘tailings’ for diamonds they can mount and retail in the form of rough-diamond jewelry. By creating this demand for ‘tailings’, we take some of the power from the monopolies that control the price of diamonds. Buying … Continue reading

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The Black Swan Collection – FCI Rough-cut Diamonds

The world continues to turn and we continue to shop but this month I have a very special selection to share with you. The rings I bring to you today are very special to me because they are the antithesis … Continue reading

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