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CONFLICT DIAMONDS: Export of Zimbabwean Diamonds Threatens Ethical Jewellery Trade

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With the Kimberley Process in a state of paralysis over Zimbabwean diamonds, consumers can no longer be sure they're buying ethical jewels

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Carol H (229)
Monday August 8, 2011, 6:51 pm

Terry King (113)
Monday August 8, 2011, 8:22 pm
Some would say that there is no such thing as an ethical jewell trade ubless you dig them yourself!

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday August 9, 2011, 12:01 am
would never wear diamonds

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday August 9, 2011, 12:41 am
I'm agree with Terry on this issue, no matter what they report, I consider them all to be blood diamond.
And I don't get it, it's just a rock. It's a pretty rock,, but it's still just a rock.
I like the Amethyst stone much better, and you can make them yourself with a rock tumbler:)

Danuta W (1248)
Tuesday August 9, 2011, 5:44 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 9, 2011, 8:01 am
I agree with Terry, Rose, and Kathy! Absolutely Kathy, there are stones much prettier than a diamond! At what point do mainstream women stop buying and desiring diamonds? The buyer's materialism mixes with the greed and violence and becomes a very negativie "vibe" stone to boot. I have never worn them, and never will. Ladies, tell your guys you don't want diamonds. Have them buy you a cheaper stone instead, and have them donate the balance of what the diamond would cost to an animal, environmental, or human rights charity.

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Tuesday August 9, 2011, 8:13 am
Indeed, I can only agree. Diamond is as usual an issue for the elites. The elites always give the world such problems. The rest of us do not need diamonds.

Gillian M (218)
Tuesday August 9, 2011, 11:05 am
I think I'll stick to antique diamonds and other stones. The problem is that some of them must be blood stones one way or another. Maybe I'll stick to plastic jewellery.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday August 9, 2011, 12:34 pm
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Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday August 9, 2011, 12:35 pm
We need a like button:( So many I agree with but can't give stars

Akin Adelakun (21)
Tuesday August 9, 2011, 12:39 pm

. (0)
Tuesday August 9, 2011, 1:25 pm
Mugabe is satan reincarnate, nothing more. He has brought nothing but pain and suffering to Zimbabwe. He is a modern-day Mobutu. It is embarassing that other African leaders have not done anything to get Mugabe out of office. Mbeki, Zuma, you have both been incredible disappointments.

You can count on two things when we talk about extractive resource like diamonds, oil, etc. The poor local communities around those deposits will be made poorer and their lands will be polluted. That is what always happens. If you happen to buy jewelry, first go to a developing country to see where it is mined and talk to the local miners. Once you build a school for the locals or offer them some food maybe then you can then decide if you want to buy some jewelry on your way back home.

In many cases, the local peoples will suffer rape, have family members murdered and be brutalized. Next time you look at your jewelry, take a moment and wonder how many women were raped, how many children were taken out of school and forced to work in the mines, and how many more people will suffer because you want a sparkling trinket.

marie C (163)
Tuesday August 9, 2011, 6:44 pm
I believe all diamond have a bit of blood on them one way or another Happily we are all more educated and aware
these days
A few years ago we were all so ignorant about these things also thank god we all see sense about fur.
It has taken time but we will get there
There is a price to pay for all precious items one way or another.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Tuesday August 9, 2011, 10:46 pm
the same as blood diamonds

Wednesday August 10, 2011, 1:56 am
It will continue unabated whilst air-head models and other celebs lust after these shiny bits of carbon. Mugabe laughs all the way to the bank whilst he pays off African, US and British politicians (including prominent US senators and ex-presidents) to keep the pressure off him and his pals.The man is untouchable after all the West put him on the throne and the Brits even sent their army to Zimbabwe at one stage, to keep him there. Drinks all round as the diamond shares go up!

Elena Belikova (17)
Wednesday August 10, 2011, 9:47 am
When I read something like this there is only one thought pops-up in my mind, why don't we all just forget about this useless stuff and get focused on something really valuable and important finally! it's our greed and throughtless consumption that nourishes the slavery and other horrors happening in this world.

Patricia R (13)
Wednesday August 10, 2011, 1:41 pm
it's a vicious cycle

Cristina M (137)
Monday August 15, 2011, 7:18 am
I've never seen jewellery trade as ethical. It's not only the blood diamonds but the horrible damage that gold mining causes, there's nothing ethical in that.

Maria Papastamatiou (4)
Wednesday August 17, 2011, 1:38 pm
I very much fear that in many aspects of our life we have forgoten the meaning of "ethical". Simple values have been forgotten in everyday life as well as in the international community.
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