Introduction to Conflict Diamonds

by : Aadil Bandukwala



Although people love diamond, especially woman are a big fan of diamond jewellery. But there is a fact that Diamonds were used as a means of funding for several civil wars all over the world. South Africa and Russia are badly affected by this diamond funded war. People were unaware with this bitter truth that the diamond which they are wearing might be coming after taking so many lives. Diamond Engagement Ring and Wedding Rings may be a way of bringing two people closer for life. But once the bride and groom will know that the amount which they are paying for the diamond which is glittering on their engagement ring or wedding ring, is going to help terrorists or revolutionists then they must feel bad about it and will have guilt feeling for whole life. These kind of diamonds are famous as conflict diamonds. According to United Nations, 'Conflict diamonds are diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council.'

Avoid Uses of Conflict Diamond

On 1 December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly adopted, unanimously, a resolution on the role of diamonds in fuelling conflict, breaking the link between the illicit transaction of rough diamonds and armed conflict, as a contribution to prevention and settlement of conflicts. These days all diamond producers and Diamond Jewellery manufacturers are issuing a certificate of diamond's authenticity about the origin of diamond and the chain through which diamond is coming to doorstep of consumers in form of jewellery products.

Several major mines have been depleted, and the market is receptive to new sources of high quality gems. Several new diamond miners are coming into light, like in 1998, Canada joined the elite ranks of high quality producers, compensating for depleted mines in South Africa and Russia. There is a strong need for research and discovery in the process of diamond mining to stop production of conflict diamond and give people a level of satisfaction in return of his money rather than a guilt feeling.

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