The diamond industry is one incredibly dirty business. Since most of the time one has no way of knowing just where a diamond was mined, it’s very difficult to buy ones that aren’t surrounded by death, destruction, human rights abuses, and crime. For example, this article in the Times Online pointed out that every day millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds leave Zimbabwe from the world’s richest diamond field, but none of that money reaches the country’s desperate poor…and often instead leaves them tortured and/or dead. Is this really what we should be putting on each others’ fingers in a display of love and affection? Probably not, but most of us do. I did as well, back when I bought my then wife a diamond ring. You live and you learn, so they say. Well, I just found out about a woman who owns an Etsy shop selling sterling silver jewelry – and some of it is even beautifully cut just like diamonds are. Marketed as “gemstones sculpted from sterling silver called Modern Rocks“, the Metalicious shop has some cool stuff in it, including rings that look just as nice as a shiny conflict diamond does… but without the conflict nor the high price tag. Check them out:
I would check these out if you are thinking about buying some diamond jewelry for a wedding or engagement. True, they aren’t diamonds – we all know that. But they are beautiful and allow for a happy conscience. Thanks to TGH reader Maria for sending in the link to check them out!
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