Diamonds are…blood.How could something that looks so pure, so beautiful and so endearing be made of blood, you may ask. Well, it’s a figure of speech. Diamonds are made of blood and suffering. Diamonds may be coveted by many because it symbolizes eternal love and endless devotion, but the fact that diamonds are made of blood remains.
Blood diamonds,Â also often called conflict diamonds, are mined in war- torn African countries by rebels to fund their conflict. The rebels abused human rights, often murdering and enslaving the local populations to mine the diamonds. That’s where some diamonds come from.
So that would mean, each time you buy certain diamond ring from your jeweler so that you can say ‘I do’ on your big day, there’s possibility that someone had been tortured of even died because of it.
There’s no actual way to determine whether certain diamond is blood diamond or not if you’re no expert, but did you know that these days, diamonds can be cultured in laboratories, and the quality is just like any normal diamond that came from the diamond mines?
Apart from being conflict free, they’re eco-friendly too. Do you know why? Because diamond mining could actually disrupt the eco-system as mining for diamonds destroys tonnes of volcanic rock, which took thousands of years to be stratified deep under the ground surface.
Now that you know diamonds are made of blood and destruction, which one would you rather let your loved ones have as a symbol of love and devotion? Blood diamonds, or cultured diamonds?
Cleffairy: Sometimes, something so beautiful could have originates from something so ugly and inhumane. Worst still, we’re paying a lot of money for such torture and murder. Let it be known that war is not the only destructive thing we’re funding.