As consumer culture evolves and more people are concerned about the source of products, there is an increasing demand for ethical diamonds. People want to know that their goods are produced with minimal environmental impact and that workers are treated fairly. Diamonds are no different. As the most valuable and financially significant purchase, consumers are increasingly interested in their source.
Artisanal mining produces 15% of the world’s diamonds
Artisanal mining is a critical component of the diamond industry, but it is not the only source of diamonds. The industry is also increasingly focused on other forms of mining. While diamonds are one of the most commonly mined stones, artisanal miners are also responsible for many other types of gemstones, such as coloured gems. AWDC has helped build a program that supports female artisanal gem miners in Tanzania.
Unfortunately, these profits are not always spent on local communities. Conflict diamonds have helped finance civil wars in Angola, Sierra Leone, and Zimbabwe. In an attempt to curb the trade, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme was established in 2003. Despite this, it is not yet 100% effective at preventing conflict diamonds from funding wars. Some governments, such as Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, still use this revenue to support their corrupt regimes. As a result, local communities have become homeless and hungry.
Comes from Zimbabwe
The name Zimbabwe comes from the Shona language. The Shona people migrated to the land around 400 BCE and settled in what is now known as Great Zimbabwe. Their descendants developed a complex social structure that was divided according to status. By the year 1000 BCE, the population was divided according to their status. Workers were considered less valuable than cattle.
The population of Zimbabwe is largely young and urban. More than one-third of the country’s population is below the age of 15, while the rest is between the ages of 15 and 29. Most people live in urban areas such as Harare or Bulawayo. The majority of Zimbabweans are Christian, but only about four-fifths belong to a particular denomination. The Apostolic church has the largest following, but the Roman Catholic church had an important role during the post-independence period, supporting nationalist aspirations.
Made with recycled gold
If you’re looking for the perfect engagement ring, consider an ethical diamond set in recycled gold. These rings are made by companies that have high ethical standards and support local communities. For example, the company Kimai combines recycled 18-carat gold with lab-grown diamonds. The company is climate neutral and measures and offsets its carbon emissions. It also offers free shipping and resizing. You can even buy a ring that’s gender-neutral and donates to the Trevor Project.
While some companies make important efforts to source responsibly, others fall short and refuse to provide the information Human Rights Watch requires. Moreover, some companies are not transparent about their efforts and depend on assurances provided by suppliers, while others have no commitments to responsible sourcing. In addition, few companies are able to identify the specific mines from which all of their gold comes. Further, some companies haven’t responded to repeated requests for information.
Made in the USA
Diamonds are an important source of money for many people around the world. They are also a great way to give back to communities and support fair labor practices. Clarity sources their diamonds from ethical suppliers that follow fair labor practices in their own communities. These suppliers often operate under the supervision of labor unions and invest in schools, hospitals, and infrastructure in remote areas.
One company that makes ethical diamonds is Miadonna Diamonds. They are a brand that focuses on transparency and quality, and they don’t mark up engagement rings. They also create all their settings using recycled metals. They are also gender neutral and donate to the Trevor Project when you purchase one of their rings.