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The downside of diamond mining

DIAMOND MINING

Did you know that approximately 200–250 tons of earth is dug up to source a 1.0 ct gem-quality rough diamond? In addition to this, diamond mining in developing countries has strong ties to conflicts related to the illegal weapons trade, terrorism, unregulated working conditions and child labour. 

CREATION AND MINING OF NATURAL DIAMONDS

Natural diamonds are formed over billions of years by enormous levels of heat and pressure at a depth of about 100 kilometres underground. Over time, through a certain type of volcanic eruption they move closer to the earth's surface, from where they are mined. Extracting rough diamonds from the earth's crust requires a huge amount of soil extraction, causing harm to the environment and its organisms.  

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LAB-GROWN DIAMONDS ARE THE ONLY ETHICAL DIAMONDS

Kimberley Process

For the moment, lab-grown diamond is the only ethical diamond in the rough. Even the international Kimberley Process agreement does not guarantee the ethics of naturally mined diamonds. The 2003 Kimberley Process Agreement was signed in 2003 to prevent conflict diamonds from mines entering the market. Unfortunately, to this day, the process only roughly and incompletely traces the diamond supply chain.

It has also failed to take account of human rights and environmental damage. The Kimberley Process does not monitor or comment on issues such as the conditions of workers in the mines, human rights abuses, or whether diamonds are used to finance arms and violent abuse of power. As such, it does not guarantee a conflict-free diamond for the consumer.