Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ethical Diamonds and Jewelery

When picking out the perfect custom engagement rings or perfect gold wedding rings, the furthest thing from your mind is often the ethics of the trade chain that brought such precious gems and metals from the mines to your finger. We try to make ethical shopping as simple as possible for you.

Dirty Gold

The "No Dirty Gold" campaign works to raise global awareness of the impact unethical mining has upon fragile ecosystems and the traditional economies dependent on them. Currently the campaign is targeting proposals to mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay. The proposed mine would be detrimental to one of the world's most prolific and vital salmon habitats.

Conflict Diamonds (Blood Diamonds)

Conflict diamonds (blood diamonds) are rough diamonds sold illegally to fund unsanctioned military action and civil war. Trade bans are placed upon such countries due to their enormous human rights violation history and current practices.

Since 2003 the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) has worked alongside all major diamond-exporting nations to provide a globally recognized, government sanctioned diamond trade industry. The strict rules of the KPCS have been effective in reducing the number of conflict diamonds on the market.

You can help by asking jewelers to provide each diamondÆs unique paperwork and reference number to verify its origins. At Marlow's we devote a lot of time to sourcing ONLY ethical diamonds for use in every item of jewelery that passes through our store.

The Council of Responsible Jewelery Practices is a UK organization that encourages environmentally ethical, socially conscientious business throughout the entire trade chain.

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