8 Conflict Free Diamond Engagement Rings
It's becoming more and more popular with newly engaged couples but how can you be sure your engagement ring stone is conflict-free?
WHAT DOES CONFLICT FREE MEAN?
In 2002, the UN adopted a system to end the practice of diamond trading for dubious means. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme outlines the regulations and requirements countries must follow to make sure a diamond is mined and shipped in a humane, legitimate way. Diamonds that meet these regulations are shipped with a Kimberley Process certificate. When you buy a diamond, the jeweler should be able to provide this certificate -- if they can't, you should be wary of the stone's origin.
WHERE CAN I GET A CONFLICT FREE DIAMOND?
You can also opt to shop at a retailer like MiaDonna, which specializes in conflict-free jewelry. Established in 2005 in Portland, Oregon, MiaDonna and Company (MiaDonna) became the first leading retailer for conflict-free, lab-grown diamonds and fine bridal jewelry, all handcrafted in the USA. Since MiaDonna’s online launch, a minimum of 5% of their profits from every purchase have been used to fund educational programs, urgent relief efforts, and agricultural farms in places like Sierra Leone and Liberia where many former child soldiers are now supported and empowered to grow food instead of mining for diamonds. In recent years, MiaDonna has been able to donate closer to roughly 20% of their profits.
ARE CONFLICT FREE DIAMONDS EXPENSIVE?
There are many different factors that can make a diamond pricier, but being conflict-free certified should not be one of them. If you work with a jeweler you trust and research before you buy (our list of useful links is a good start) you can know you've done your part in being a responsible diamond shopper.
When it comes to ring shopping, it's so exciting to travel into a showroom to browse engagement rings and wedding bands. Can't make it into store? Their Miadonna's Home Try-On Program would be the perfect solution! It’s such an exciting time in your life and any ring brand is lucky to play a small part in your love story!
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