No self-aware, enlightened American would purchase such a gem. These commercials emphasize the need of selecting only diamonds certified by the recognised, legal Kimberley Process Certification Scheme when purchasing diamond jewelry (KPCS). Diamonds are all blood diamonds. Diamonds are all conflict diamonds. Diamonds are evil.
However, not all diamonds go to make tools for miners or weapons for soldiers. Some 1% of all diamonds mined go into making jewelry that people buy. Most of these diamonds are sold in countries where law enforcement agencies can seize them if they believe the jewelery is being used to hide illegal money or drugs, but some do find their way onto European and American markets. In fact, Europe and America are the main sources of income for the rebel army in Sierra Leone - through tax on diamond exports.
So yes, most diamonds are mined by workers under slave-like conditions in Africa, transported back to the world market and traded at prices set by multinational corporations, who keep the profits while passing on the costs to consumers. No diamond is innocent, neither is any gold mine or oil well. They all require human intervention which makes them vulnerable to criticism.
The problem with diamonds is not their existence, but their reputation.
Blood diamonds, also known as "conflict" or "war" diamonds, are said to have formerly formed up to 20% of the diamond market and were sold directly by warring factions or via a succession of shell firms. The term "blood diamond" was coined in 1999 by the United Nations Development Programme's Institute for Security Studies to describe diamonds mined in areas where violence has become so common that it has put profit ahead of sustainable mining practices.
The market for blood diamonds is estimated to be between $100 million and $200 million per year. While this may not seem like much compared to other commodities, it is enough to influence the conflict around them.
Conflict diamonds have been used to fund wars between various groups across Africa. These diamonds help fuel these conflicts by helping them remain economically viable despite being under embargo or having their government sanctions imposed on them.
There are several ways people can identify blood diamonds including the use of codes written in blood on stones before they are cut or treated to remove identifying marks. Warring factions have also been known to kill those who have knowledge of the trade of blood diamonds so there are no witnesses left alive to tell what role they played in the conflict.
Blood diamonds can be found in most parts of the world where there is conflict such as Sierra Leone, Angola, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
As previously stated, an American diamond is not a genuine diamond. Instead, they are constructed of Cubic Zirconia, a man-made substance. These American stones are often hard and colorless, although they may occur in a variety of different hues. They look like real diamonds because they are designed to mimic the appearance of real diamonds.
American diamonds are manufactured in factories that use the same techniques as the jewelry industry to create perfect gems. In fact, these gems are even evaluated by master gemologists before they are approved for sale. However, due to their lack of value compared to real diamonds, most manufacturers do not include any valuable materials in their products. This means that if you lose an American diamond ring, it will likely be replaced by another one that is identical to the first.
The quality of an American diamond is determined by how well it was made. You may find some stones with minor defects that cause them to have a red color or include some white particles, but these issues will not be known until after they are placed inside the ring. Also, due to the nature of manufacturing processes, no two diamonds are going to be exactly alike.
People sometimes buy American diamonds as a political statement. Some countries might deny access to high-quality foreign jewelers' supplies so people without choice need to buy something else. Others may want to show support for certain causes i.e., America vs.