In 2003 the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme, the KPCS, was formed with the intention of eliminating, or at least drastically reducing, “blood diamonds” from finding their way into the legitimate rough diamond market. Aside from the immediate brutality and violence associated with the procurement of “conflict diamonds,” there are far reaching ramifications inherent in their inclusion in the diamond market; specifically, the funding of coups by weapon heavy rebel factions and the eventually toppling of U.N. sanctioned governments. While there will always be fundamental challenges in policing what was once a completely unregulated industry, despite its shortcomings, the Kimberly Process has in the very least addressed the intrinsic problems of diamond mining and trading and forcefully invoked a system of accountability. Continue reading Kimberly Process Conundrums
If you want to sell things, you need advertising. This rings true for everything from motor oil to diet books to iPhones. Here is a collection of various marketing campaigns throughout the ages that attempt to sell diamonds and diamond jewelry. We start in the 40’s, when diamond advertising first became prominent (thanks primarily to a tiny company called “DeBeers”) and move all the way to today, where precious gemstone ads are just as prevalent, if vastly different from the past. Each decade of designs says a lot about our mentality as a country. The rampant sexism of the earlier decades would be replaced by what can be considered sexy, empowering images and motifs. Eventually things take a turn for the ironic, with beauty taking a backseat to the conceptual, oblique and even grotesque. Finally, we are faced with a series of recent pitches that have a throwback or “vintage” slant.
The good, the bad, and the unintentionally (and intentionally) ugly. We’ve got ’em all. Continue reading Diamond Ads Throughout History
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.
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.
Real diamonds have captured people’s imaginations for centuries, so it’s only natural that Hollywood would use fictional diamonds to raise the stakes and inject a bit of drama into their movies. At Diamond Lighthouse, we’re fascinated by diamonds, and we’re always interested in how they’re portrayed in film. Here are 10 of the most well-known uses of diamonds in major Hollywood movies.
Guy Ritchie’s second feature film centers on a gambling addict trying to fence a stolen 84-carat diamond. Predictably, dealing with criminal diamond dealers doesn’t go well and the massive rock ends up getting swallowed by a dog. Don’t ask. By the end, there’s been a confusing series of twists and turns involving British gangsters, bare-knuckle boxers and a visit to the veterinarian. Don’t worry, the dog lives.