The origin of ethical diamonds

Ethical diamonds are jewels that have not been used in what is known as the illegal arms trade. This is where the diamond has been mined in a war zone and then they are used to purchase weapons that are illegal. These kinds of diamonds are known commonly as blood diamonds or conflict diamonds.

In 1998 the United Nations, an organisation that was founded in 1945 and hoping to achieve world piece, placed sanctions on countries forbidding them to purchase diamonds for illicit trade.

In 2002 a process was found to prevent criminals from financing their war weapons with the use of diamonds and a certification scheme was introduced to certify that certain diamonds were conflict free or ethical diamonds as they are known now. This scheme was introduced, as the fall of diamonds being purchased in other countries dropped, due to the fact that it was believed that diamonds were creating and paying for wars and rivalry. Therefore, by purchasing ethical diamonds, it was guaranteed that they were not financing human abuse in any form of war.

When purchasing a diamond you need to be aware that diamonds come with certain characteristics, these are the colour, the clarity, the cut and the carats, often known as the 4 C’s. These characteristics must be considered when purchasing your ethical diamonds as this helps to ensure you get the best possible gem stone that is right for you.

Here at Ingle and Rhode, we ensure that the best ethical diamonds are used along with certificates of their authenticity. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and we can guarantee that you will not be disappointed with your purchase. With our ethical diamonds and other ethical jewellery, if you need any help and advice we will have a member of staff available to offer you support.

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