Diamonds, gold and Simple Things

26 August 2015 | ResolutionPossible

Cubic zirconia

It looks like a diamond, but these stones are cubic zirconia. An alternative to real diamonds: less expensive, and less intrinsically connected to conflict issues. (Photo – Natasha Pearce)

The topic of diamonds, gold and other precious metals and minerals is no new subject for Resolution:Possible. Our focus region of central and east Africa has been hugely affected by conflicts that have often stemmed from the wealth to be made from these natural resources, or conflicts which have been funded by the resources.

As part of our Simple Things campaign, we suggested some ways that you can make your wedding, engagement or just special gifts, a little more ethical by taking some simple steps to check your sourcing, change your metals or gems, all the while keeping the sparkle!

In our recently updated research section on Minerals, we look at why these simple steps can be so vital to the lives of those in east and central Africa, whose livelihoods can both depend and be dictated by these metals and stones. We follow the ‘life’ of a conflict diamond, explain the processes that exist to ensure that conflict diamonds are not sold, and discuss in a little more detail the steps you can take, either from your local jewellers or even from your own computer, to make sure that you help to end the sale of conflict diamonds.

The research is there to help us understand the impact our love for shiny diamonds is having on the world. But: there are things you can do. So after you’ve browsed through the research, why not start making some changes by doing Simple Things. We can make a big impact on the world around us and those in it!

Research and writing – Natasha Pearce

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