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Archive for the 'Conflict free diamonds' Category

To get down and dirty with diamond dealings, we took to the streets. OK, more like flexed our ring fingers and requested the latest information on the ethical diamond, gold and precious stones trade straight to our inboxes. After many years of bloodshed financed by diamonds in developing countries, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) [...]

In ‘The Death of the Kimberley Process‘, a post for Ethical Weddings late last year, David Rhode wrote about the certification for conflict diamonds that seemed fundamentally flawed. One of the main flaws in the process is that it will only define as conflict diamonds …rough diamonds used by rebel movements or their allies to [...]

A belated happy New Year! We hope you had a relaxing break. To welcome in 2011 we’re delighted to bring you a special offer from ethical jewellery designers, Ingle & Rhode. Maybe you took advantage of the festivities to pop the question? Or maybe you were the one to say ‘yes’. Either way, just quote [...]

We are pleased to welcome guest blogger, David Rhode of bespoke jeweller, Ingle & Rhode to bring us the latest thinking on one of Ethical Weddings’ toughest dilemmas: is there such a thing as an ethical diamond? Over to David… For more than a decade, informed consumers have known about the suffering caused by the [...]

In June we were waiting to hear whether the Kimberley Process (KP) would continue to certify Zimbabwe diamonds in the light of the human rights abuses taking place in the Marange diamond fields. Well, for now the answer is yes.  Mugabe had been threatening to sell the diamonds with or without certification but reached an [...]

Back in November we reported on the Avaaz campaign to stop the Kimberley Process certifying Zimbabwe diamonds as ‘conflict-free’. NGOs have threatened to leave the KP if it fails to sever ties with Zimbabwe in the face of ongoing human rights abuses. Today delegates from the KP are meeting in Israel and will decide whether [...]

Just as we were putting together our last post about the Kimberley Process coming under criticism, Ethical Weddings suppliers, Brilliant Earth got in touch to tell us about their campaign to call for reform to the Kimberley Process (KP).  They say: Diamond mining is fueling conflict and contributing to political oppression and unspeakable human suffering, [...]

We’ve talked about the Kimberley Process on this blog before.  The big idea was that it would halt the trade in conflict diamonds. That was 10 years ago. Since then NGOs and the jewellery industry have been knee-deep in debate on whether it works or not.  Forged certificates, diamonds smuggled to countries where they could [...]

Robert Mugabe is using his army to take control of Zimbabwe’s diamond fields. According to petitioning organisation, Avaaz, 200 civilians have been murdered in the process and the profits from these dirty diamonds – which could end up in our engagement or wedding rings – will help fund the ongoing violent political conflict in this [...]

Tim Rhode of Ingle & Rhode, ethical jewellery designers and our featured supplier of the week, shares some practical tips on choosing an engagement ring… over to Tim: How to choose the right engagement ring? Choosing a ring can be time consuming, expensive and stressful. So how do you find a deal that will leave both you [...]

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