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ETHICAL & CONFLICT FREE DIAMONDS

Friendly Diamonds is committed to create a more ethical, sustainable and transparent industry for diamonds. Our primary mission is to only offer diamonds that are created or sourced from both ethical and environmentally-friendly sources.

The Friendly Diamonds’ Ethical Approach

At Friendly Diamonds, we understand that our customers care about where their diamonds come from. Whether it is a mine or a lab, they are concerned about the ethics behind the diamonds they purchase. Friendly Diamonds’ lab created diamonds do not have to go through the Kimberley Process, because our diamonds are conflict free by nature of the diamond—since they are all created in labs, and not mined out of the earth. Our lab created diamonds are created keeping in mind the conservation of the environment and are unattached to any violence, poverty or abuse of rights. Friendly Diamonds is committed to ethical practices and by growing diamonds that are of the same quality or superior to earth-mined diamonds has no attachment to conflict, suffering or harm to the environment. We go one step ahead of the “conflict free” attribution and provide only the finest and most ethical lab created diamonds in the industry. With a constant endeavour to improve our processes, we work towards providing the highest quality ethical and environmentally-friendly diamonds for the engagement ring of your dreams. To know more about how Friendly Diamonds’ functions in an ethically-sound manner, click here.

The Blood Diamond Reality

Having funded devastating civil wars in Africa, and contributing to extreme worker exploitation, environmental degradation, child labour and violence, conflict diamonds or blood diamonds have been tied to human and environment suffering through many decades. While the Kimberley process was created to safeguard the diamond trade of conflict diamonds, its limitations or lack of binding contract have still enabled diamonds tainted by abuse to be sold certified as “conflict free”.

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HOW TO ENSURE YOUR DIAMOND IS CONFLICT FREE?

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Shop Smart

If you are purchasing an earth-mined diamond, the jeweler should be able to provide this certificate. In case they do not, you should be concerned about the stone’s origin. If you are purchasing a lab-created diamond, this certification does not apply.

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Ask for Certification

If you are purchasing an earth-mined diamond, the jeweler should be able to provide this certificate. In case they do not, you should be concerned about the stone’s origin. If you are purchasing a lab-created diamond, this certification does not apply.

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Know your prices

If you are purchasing an earth-mined diamond, the jeweler should be able to provide this certificate. In case they do not, you should be concerned about the stone’s origin. If you are purchasing a lab-created diamond, this certification does not apply.

The dark side of diamond mining & its environmental impact

No matter how bright a diamond sparkles, it has a dark side to it. Apart from the impact of blood diamonds, the ethical abuses and human rights aspects, diamond mining is associated to massive environmental concerns and sometimes irreversible damaging effects on the earth. In its very essence, extracting the rock buried deep within the earth, involves the removal of tonnes of rock and soil. To put the impact into perspective, around 1,750 tonnes of earth has to be extracted to find a 1.0 carat rough diamond, while the average ring size of a diamond for an engagement ring today is around 1.25 carat. Some diamond mines are underground, while others are open pit. The open pit mines pose a serious danger, as over time, they can grow massively in diameter and depth, making it almost impossible to fill (approximately ten Empire State buildings deep). Diamond mining in general contributes to a lot of pollution. Acid drainage by diamond mines has resulted in water pollution; it has resulted in steady degradation in soil quality and soil erosion due to the large distribution of land, as well as deforestation. Air has become polluted due to the carbon that is released from the burning of fuel to produce the energy required to move the soil and extract the diamonds. Finally, diamond mining has the potential to destroy the surrounding ecosystems, impacting plant, animal and marine life species.