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.

47 comments

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago

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Neil D.
Neil D.4 years ago

Interesting news.

FD S.
F S.4 years ago

Lies and more lies...

DeRae S.

Interesting

jane richmond
jane richmond4 years ago

great article

Diane Wayne
Past Member 5 years ago

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.

Akin Adelakun
Akin Adelakun5 years ago

What a great article

Bernadette P.
Berny p.5 years ago

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

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks.

Larysa S.
Larysa Sholom5 years ago

Diamond schools? So no more "bloody" diamonds?