A Greener Diamond

Our lab-grown diamonds offer an ethical and environmentally friendly alternative to mined diamonds. While efforts in the past few decades have sought to restrict the supply "blood diamonds" (mined diamonds that fuel violence and war), the mined diamond trade is still marred by human rights abuses and environmental devastation. Despite reassuring claims from mined diamond dealers, so-called "conflict free diamonds" may still be tainted by worker exploitation and violence.

Presently, over one million diamond diggers in Africa live in extreme poverty on less than one dollar a day, and countless others continue to be exploited and abused. The few genuinely "conflict free" diamond mines that exist nonetheless endanger fragile ecosystems, cause environmental harm, and disrupt vulnerable communities. Lab-grown diamonds offer an ethical alternative to the injustices of the mined diamond trade.

Millions continue to be exploited, injured, or murdered through the mined diamond trade. 

Millions continue to be exploited, injured, or murdered through the mined diamond trade. 

Rampant diamond smuggling and a notoriously opaque supply chain make any guarantee of a "conflict free" mined diamond effectively impossible.

Rampant diamond smuggling and a notoriously opaque supply chain make any guarantee of a "conflict free" mined diamond effectively impossible.

 

OPAQUE SUPPLY CHAIN AND CONTINUING INJUSTICE

Determining the true origin of a mined diamond is often impossible due to the opacity of the diamond supply chain. This ubiquitous lack of transparency - coupled with the narrow focus of the Kimberley Process which does not thoroughly protect against human rights and labor abuses - results in ostensibly "conflict free" diamonds that, in fact, originate from mines that perpetuate worker exploitation, child labor, sexual violence, murder, and other human rights abuses. 

Unfair labor practices and human-rights abuses don’t disqualify diamonds under the [Kimberley Process] protocol, while the definition of conflict is so narrow as to exclude many instances of what consumers would, using common sense, think of as a conflict diamond. Conflict diamonds under the Kimberley Process are defined as gemstones sold to fund a rebel movement attempting to overthrow the state—and only that.”
— BLOOD DIAMONDS, TIME.COM

Due to the narrow definition of "conflict diamonds" by the Kimberley Process, the Zimbabwean army's massacre of 200 miners in 2008 did not constitute a breach of the Kimberley Process protocol. Although thousands had been raped, murdered, and enslaved, the Kimberley Process nonetheless approved the export of Zimbabwe's diamonds and did not designate them as "conflict diamonds." Although the United States maintains sanctions on diamonds from Zimbabwe, the opaque diamond supply chain allows Zimbabwe diamonds to flow into the USA legally. 

 

WAR, VIOLENCE, AND EXPLOITATION

RAMPANT HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

Although the Kimberly Process aims to reduce the supply of blood diamonds, "conflict free" diamonds still might originate from mines tainted by injustice, due to an opaque diamond supply chain, frequent diamond smuggling, and the narrow, incomplete protocol of the Kimberly Process.

Although the Kimberly Process aims to reduce the supply of blood diamonds, "conflict free" diamonds still might originate from mines tainted by injustice, due to an opaque diamond supply chain, frequent diamond smuggling, and the narrow, incomplete protocol of the Kimberly Process.

Diamond mines continue to be marred by human rights abuses, such as worker exploitation, slave labor, child labor, sexual violence, torture, and murder.

Diamond mines continue to be marred by human rights abuses, such as worker exploitation, slave labor, child labor, sexual violence, torture, and murder.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL DEVASTATION

Even mines that claim to avoid social injustices and labor exploitation, such as those in Canada, still present significant risks to the environment, fragile local ecosystems, and bordering communities, particularly isolated Aboriginal groups.

Lab-grown diamonds massively reduce environmental harm caused by diamond mining. http://betterdiamondinitiative.org/diamond-comparison/

Lab-grown diamonds massively reduce environmental harm caused by diamond mining. http://betterdiamondinitiative.org/diamond-comparison/

 

Our laboratories grow genuine diamonds that are structurally, chemically, optically, and aesthetically identical to naturally occurring diamonds, without fueling the social and environmental devastation inextricably linked to the mined diamond industry.

 
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