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Diamond School in Zimbabwe

Diamond School in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, home to the most controversial 46 square miles of blood diamond mining in Africa, is working towards creating education, careers and income for its citizens via a diamond-cutting school. The Braitwood Institute of Gemology focuses not only on diamond cutting and polishing, which produces a much more valuable product for export than just raw diamonds, but also on quality appraisal.

As quoted in the complete article by Hellen Mubvumbi, the CEO of the institute, Bernard Mutanga, states, “Raw forms of the gem are less valuable than the finished product and it is imperative that the country acquires skills to cut a comprehensive competitive product that would be well received in the market.” [1]

While I would like it if we didn’t praise diamonds above all other stones (see my article on sustainable jewelry for more on that argument) and that the De Beers cartel hadn’t gotten diamonds set in our collective head as the only stone for an engagement ring, I am realistic enough to know that for the foreseeable future, humans will mine diamonds and other humans will buy and sell them. I can only take great hope in projects and organizations like The Braitwood Institute.

- Jocelyn Broyles

 

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[1] “Diamond Institue-Zimbabwe: Diamond institute to Open Two Centres” by Hellen Mubvumbi on May 20, 2011.

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3:02AM PDT on May 2, 2013

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3:55AM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Interesting news.

5:27PM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

Lies and more lies...

8:26PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

Interesting

7:17PM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

great article

11:08PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO. WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO "PRAISE DIAMONDS ABOVE ALL OTHER STONES". WE ARE NOT ALLOWED, BY GOD'S LAWS (INDIGINOUS INDIANS KNOW THIS IS TRUE, AND SO DO I). WE, HUMAN BEINGS, ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO USE WHAT WE FIND ABOVE GROUND. AND, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO REPLENISH WHAT WE TAKE AND USE. ALL DIAMONDS ARE BLOOD DIAMONDS. ALL SO CALLED 'PRECIOUS STONES' ARE PRECIOUS BECAUSE THEY BELONG TO GOD. AND GOD PUT THEM WHERE THEY BELONG AND ARE MEANT TO STAY, TO SUPPORT AND SUSTAIN MOTHER EARTH. LOOK WHAT PEOPLE DO, THROUGHOUT HISTORY, TO GET THIS BLOODY STONES. THEY KILL, THEY ENSLAVE, THE IMPRISON, AND THEY TORTURE INNOCENT SOULS TO DO THEIR LABOUR. IT'S SOCIETIES THAT SAY, 'THESE STONES ARE WORTH GOLD". AND GOLD ALSO BELONGS ONLY TO GOD WHEN IT'S INSIDE THE EARTH. WE, HUMAN BEINGS, HAVE GOT TO STOP BUYING THESE WORLD MARKET TAINTED, SINFUL STONES AND METALS. PERIOD.

6:36AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

What a great article

2:15AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

THEY really believe we will believe...anything!!!

7:14PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Thanks.

7:43AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Diamond schools? So no more "bloody" diamonds?

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Good luck forever, sweet Derby! *_*

Full of beans or ants in his pants!

Thank You for sharing:)

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