If you are researching about “conflict free diamonds” it means that you are interested in buying an engagement ring, right? As you know, there is a lot more about buying an engagement ring than finding out about the diamond source.
2.4 million engagement rings are sold every year in America. In our American culture, the diamond engagement ring has become a required purchase for any groom to be.
Most buyers have either no idea at all about diamonds or very little knowledge. Most of the knowledge was acquired through people advertising to sell diamonds. Hmmmm, that’s never a great way to get information. Would you ask a car salesman, which of his cars is the best choice for you? As far as he will be concerned, the best choice for you is the choice that nets him the most profit
So just how can an engagement ring purchaser acquire accurate and unbiased information? Naturally, the best way to research about it, is on the Internet, right? After all, if it’s on the Internet it must be true!?
The best way to accumulate the information you need is from unbiased, knowledgeable sources. So what does the Gemological Institute of America have to say about it? As far as the simple explanation given by GIA goes, the 4 C’s are pretty straight forward information. The problem is that the devil is in the details…always the details. It is sort of like “learning from books is not the same thing as learning from life experience”. Most people understand that the 4 C’s play the biggest part. The part about what is the best compromise for me, for my budget, that’s the sticky part.
Now, let’s go back to the original subject. We are going to give you the simple and unvarnished truth. All this hullabaloo about “Conflict Free Diamonds” are just marketing tactics. The fact is that if you want to buy diamonds that are not conflict free, you will be breaking the law and the seller will be committing a felony. You will be violating the Patriot Act. There is no legal importing of conflict diamonds. There is not even a “source” on this planet for non-conflict free diamonds anyway. It is a fantasy. Sure there are diamonds mined by exploited workers, and there are diamonds whose sales proceeds are used to finance terrorism and regional wars.
Those diamonds all work their way into the legal “Conflict Free” diamond supply with counterfeit licenses. Ugly, truthful, and reality. Some small amount of the bad goes into the good, just like in every aspect of real life. The world is not black and white, but grey around the edges. There are websites that claim to trace the diamond’s origin straight back to the individual mine, and only source diamonds from miners that pay their employees fairly. And other assorted fairy tales.
My next post will be about what “Ethically Sourced Gold” is. I will also talk in my upcoming articles about how to buy a diamond. I will explain what information is relevant when buying diamonds. You will find out if you are getting a good deal, a great deal, or if you are overpaying. I will explain it in a simple and clear logical way for you. It is not rocket science.