Diamonds enter India for processing in packets, each containing thousands of diamonds of varying quality. The parcels of diamonds are opened by polishing houses, and the contents are poured into a giant bowl. Now we have this huge pile of diamonds from multiple packets, all with different origins. Once every diamond is polished and sent to a grader, there is simply no possible way to guarantee a diamond’s origin since determining its origin is scientifically impossible. Diamonds are crystals made of only one element, carbon, rendering them impossible to trace. Like pieces of silver, iron, gold or any other element, no chemical or physical tests can uncover the diamond’s origin. A diamond dug up by a prisoner of war in Congo is chemically identical to one dug up by mammoth machines in Russia.
All that is to say, any claims by retailers that their mined diamonds are friendly to the planet are purely bogus. They will happily advertise various certifications from non-profits, but the simple fact is that all such certificates that claim a diamond’s origin from a ’Conflict-Free’ mine, for example, in Botswana, are simply presenting you a very well-packaged lie. The certified diamond could, just as easily, be from a conflict area in Congo, and no one can tell otherwise. Even if they state they have a strict ’Chain of custody, it is simply not financially feasible to process diamonds individually, one at a time, with a certifier overlooking every step. Not to mention that in excess of 90% of the world’s diamonds are processed in large batches- thousands at a time- in a country where law and oversight are optional.
It might sound harsh, but the simple truth is that any companies or individuals participating, even indirectly, in the buying and selling of mined diamonds are responsible for the continued existence of Blood Diamonds and the resulting death and suffering of innocents, in addition to the devastating loss of nature. Primates such as the eastern lowland gorilla and numerous other species face extinction because the forest critical to the survival of these endangered are cut down or burned down to make space for mining. A company that sells ’conflict free’ mined diamonds is not ever fully committed to ethics and sustainability since the only diamonds that are truly conflict-free, without a shred of doubt, are produced in a lab by skilled scientists.
No matter how hard we at NOVITA tried to find proven and guaranteed sources of ethically mined diamonds, we could not, eventually coming to the conclusion that no mined diamond is truly clean. We could not in good conscious be at all involved with the mined diamonds industry and risk selling even one Blood Diamond to our customers. NOVITA Diamonds had no choice but to deal exclusively with lab grown diamonds as they are the only diamonds capable of giving power back into consumers’ hands. We firmly believe that our customers deserve not to be unwilling contributors to the success of an industry that thrives on corruption and apathy towards the plight of so many innocents.
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