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Do You know What a Synthetic Diamond Is?

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A “synthetic” diamond is not a fake diamond.  

Did you know a synthetic diamond is a real diamond – it’s just man-made in a lab – and can actually have better clarity and color than a naturally occurring diamond? Continue reading Do You know What a Synthetic Diamond Is?

Stop Throwing Out Your Diamonds

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Upcycling: it doesn’t mean trying to ride your bike uphill.

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.” – according to the esteemed folks at Wikipedia.

You’ve always known that you could recycle your cans and bottles, for a small profit even.  Your local coffee shop has receptacles for plastics, paper and compostable trash.  Your automotive store accepts used car batteries for proper disposal and eventually reuse.  So why stop there?

The probability of someone referring to a diamond as “waste material” is slim, but you get the idea.

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The Facts about Conflict Diamonds

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As the general public becomes more educated about the diamond world and the sometimes questionable methods involved in mining and selling these stones, people are starting to wonder just what phrases like “conflict diamonds” or “blood diamonds” mean. The latter term has become especially well known in the years since the release of the movie Blood Diamond in 2006. Here at Diamond Lighthouse, we have very strict conflict-free policies with multiple procedures and regulations in place to make sure no blood or conflict diamonds are sold through us. We feel it’s important that everyone is educated about these stones so we can all do our part in stopping conflict diamonds from entering the market. You might be wondering what exactly a blood or conflict diamond is. More importantly, you want to know how to make sure you don’t end up with one. Turns out they’re surprisingly easy to avoid nowadays. But first things first.

 

What is a conflict or blood diamond?

Conflict diamonds, also called blood diamonds, are diamonds where exploitative or unethical practices were involved in the mining and/or sale of the stone. If the diamond is sold to fund a warlord, invading army or a civil war, it’s a conflict diamond. The term is also used to describe diamonds that were mined using slave or child labor.

 

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