In 2003 the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme, the KPCS, was formed with the intention of eliminating, or at least drastically reducing, “blood diamonds” from finding their way into the legitimate rough diamond market. Aside from the immediate brutality and violence associated with the procurement of “conflict diamonds,” there are far reaching ramifications inherent in their inclusion in the diamond market; specifically, the funding of coups by weapon heavy rebel factions and the eventually toppling of U.N. sanctioned governments. While there will always be fundamental challenges in policing what was once a completely unregulated industry, despite its shortcomings, the Kimberly Process has in the very least addressed the intrinsic problems of diamond mining and trading and forcefully invoked a system of accountability. Continue reading Kimberly Process Conundrums
As the general public becomes more educated about the diamond world and the sometimes questionable methods involved in mining and selling these stones, people are starting to wonder just what phrases like “conflict diamonds” or “blood diamonds” mean. The latter term has become especially well known in the years since the release of the movie Blood Diamond in 2006. Here at Diamond Lighthouse, we have very strict conflict-free policies with multiple procedures and regulations in place to make sure no blood or conflict diamonds are sold through us. We feel it’s important that everyone is educated about these stones so we can all do our part in stopping conflict diamonds from entering the market. You might be wondering what exactly a blood or conflict diamond is. More importantly, you want to know how to make sure you don’t end up with one. Turns out they’re surprisingly easy to avoid nowadays. But first things first.
What is a conflict or blood diamond?
Conflict diamonds, also called blood diamonds, are diamonds where exploitative or unethical practices were involved in the mining and/or sale of the stone. If the diamond is sold to fund a warlord, invading army or a civil war, it’s a conflict diamond. The term is also used to describe diamonds that were mined using slave or child labor.
Real diamonds have captured people’s imaginations for centuries, so it’s only natural that Hollywood would use fictional diamonds to raise the stakes and inject a bit of drama into their movies. At Diamond Lighthouse, we’re fascinated by diamonds, and we’re always interested in how they’re portrayed in film. Here are 10 of the most well-known uses of diamonds in major Hollywood movies.
Guy Ritchie’s second feature film centers on a gambling addict trying to fence a stolen 84-carat diamond. Predictably, dealing with criminal diamond dealers doesn’t go well and the massive rock ends up getting swallowed by a dog. Don’t ask. By the end, there’s been a confusing series of twists and turns involving British gangsters, bare-knuckle boxers and a visit to the veterinarian. Don’t worry, the dog lives.