There is an awful lot of controversy surrounding the question of blood diamonds or conflict diamonds, and particularly the politics involved. Whether it’s a lot of money to be had, there invariably some political involvement, and this is particularly true in the case of the so-called blood diamonds. There been a number of measures put in place by various governments and “official,” bodies which are supposed to prevent the influx of these diamonds into the mainstream marketplace.
As far as we can tell, these measures have been completely ineffective, and many of the original founding members of the various bodies have walked away in disgust, stating only that the processes do not work, and we are firmly of the opinion, that mass of these measures – including the Kimberly process – were merely a sham, designed to squeeze an extra little piece of money from the cost of the diamonds in circulation.
Here are a couple of interesting articles written with the hope of educating people as to the truth of the situation:
Obviously, it is important to make one’s own mind up when purchasing a diamond, but we’re reasonably certain it is never going to be possible to separate out the so-called “conflict diamonds,” from the mainstream supply. Any case – there is a very good argument, that many of the so-called mainstream diamonds are extracted in such a way as they may also be considered conflict diamonds. At the end of the day, a diamond is an inanimate object with no way of telling its own story. Diamonds continue to be in strong demand, and continue to hold their value, regardless of the politics surrounding them.We feel this is unlikely to change in the near future, and don’t have an alternative suggestion for dealing with the problem. It seems to us, that politicians around the world have become more and more greedy over the last few years, and we do not see any trustworthy ones anywhere.