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Peace, Love, and Conflict-Free Diamonds
With all the war in the news today, with all of the high-profile celebrity break-ups splashed in the deadlines, it is best to avoid conflict as much as possible in our own personal lives. Engaged couples, and soon-to-be-engaged couples, actually have an important role to play in promoting such peace and harmony worldwide.
Besides getting premarital counseling, one of the most important things that a couple can do is to seek out conflict-free-diamonds when they are in the process of selecting affordable wedding rings. Fortunately, today it is relatively easy to find beautiful and affordable diamonds that are also certified conflict-free.
Why Choose Conflict-Free Diamonds?
Most of the world’s diamonds are mined in Africa, and some of the most unstable countries in Africa have a wealth of diamond mines. Unsurprisingly, with the high demand for real diamond wedding jewelry, there is a lot of money to be made in the diamond industry. For this reason, there have historically been some unsavory political regimes that have engaged in unethical practices and have used the money from mining diamonds to fund anything from minor corrupt political practices to genocide and war. These diamonds which are tainted by human blood and human conflict are often referred to as blood diamonds.
In the last decade, it has become increasingly simple to shop for diamonds that are not sold to fund conflict in corruption. As a result of the independent Kimberly Process Certification Scheme, a large majority of diamonds on the market today are certified conflict-free diamonds. Most major brick-and-mortar jewelers and online jewelry retailers can provide their customers with the assurance that their affordable wedding rings are made from diamonds which meet high ethical standards. Indeed, a diamond ring does not need to be expensive to be conflict-free. Be certain to shop smart and invest in beautiful, affordable conflict-free diamonds to celebrate your love.
Affordable Diamond Rings
It’s every girl’s dream to one day receive that beautiful diamond ring. But when you think of a diamond, you think, expensive, expensive, and expensive. Diamonds are beautiful stones that do not need to be as unattainable as many people may think. Affordable diamond rings sound cheap and ugly but they don’t have to be. My Trio Rings offers ravishing diamond rings at amazing prices and layaway plans as well!
My Trio Rings doesn’t mark up the rings like most of the jeweler’s out there in the market. We believe in diamonds for everyone. Why should only a select few enjoy the beauty of diamonds in gold? Beauty can be enjoyed by everyone. Using only conflict-free diamonds, the rings are made with you in mind. In the way that you want to purchase quality rings, My Trio Rings works hard to get you breath-taking rings that are no less than what we would give to our loved ones as well. We want you to buy rings that bring you happiness. All people should be able to appreciate beautiful diamond rings. For you ladies out there, check out the rocks on the many diamond rings available!
How Are Diamonds Mined From The Earth?
Diamonds are the hardest known precious stones on Earth. They record a 10 on the standard Mohs scale of hardness, a scale that peaks at 10. Their extreme hardness originates from the combination of heat and pressure deep within the Earth over long periods of time. Ultimately, when a diamond is mined, it is mined in a rough form and in various shapes, colors and sizes.
Diamonds are mined primarily through pipe mining. Volcanic eruptions deep within the earth bring diamonds close to the surface where they can be mined. Pipe mines run far down, the deepest of which are up to 100 miles down. Large rocks containing diamonds are blasted out of the Earth, and brought up to be crushed and processed. The chunks are then sent to refineries to be screened for rough diamonds.
Mines located around the world in India, Russia, Canada, and Australia drill deep into the Earth and produce about 27,000 kg of diamonds a year. Of this, only about 20% of the rough diamonds mined are deemed good enough to be cut and polished for use in jewelry, while the rest are used for industrial purposes.
The rough diamonds that are good enough for jewelry are distributed by large companies, the largest of which is the De Beers Central Selling Organization. These rough diamonds are priced and sorted into over 5,000 categories, and traded to private buyers. These buyers ultimately send the rough diamonds to a cutting center to be cut and polished, after which they can be placed into a piece of jewelry.
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How Do You Tell Apart a Real Diamond from a Fake One?
There are some who when looking for a wedding ring set for their upcoming wedding decide that they want simply the most affordable wedding ring they can find. There’s nothing wrong with that, and especially with the troubled economy of the past few years, this is extremely justifiable. Even though a wedding is a presumably once in a lifetime event, it is becoming more acceptable today to try to find cheaper alternatives to traditional rings that cost over $12,500. However, it is generally agreed upon that an engagement ring should have real diamonds, and not fake stones such as cubic zirconium. Even though there are a few who believe a Cubic Zirconia diamond is good enough and indistinguishable from a real diamond, there are many differences and ways to tell them apart quickly and easily.
Diamonds have been a staple of wedding rings for over a century now, and a diamond ring is almost synonymous with a wedding or engagement. A diamond is the hardest and toughest stone in the world, and nothing can break it. The only way to scratch a diamond is with another sharp diamond. However, many who are looking for cheaper alternatives tend to look at cubic zirconium diamonds as a cheaper alternative. While the price difference is huge, Diamonique and other fake diamonds have been known to cloud up or scruff up, and many consider fake diamonds to be bad luck for a wedding. More so, most jewelers and others familiar with diamonds can immediately tell the difference because a fake diamond will have a tell-tale rainbow like sparkle from it, while a real diamond has a trademark white shine, also known as its brilliance.
While most jewelers and people who are familiar with real diamonds can almost immediately tell if a diamond on a piece of jewelry is real or fake, there are many objective methods to tell if a stone is genuine. Many jewelry stores will perform a free heat test to your diamonds. During this test, they will heat it up for a few seconds and see if it holds the heat. A real diamond disperses heat quickly and won’t heat up during such a test. There are also tools available with the use of a diamond tester and a hardness test. Also, a cubic zirconia and most other fake diamonds typically weigh 40-70% more per carat than a real diamond, a difference that is immediately obvious when you weigh the stone in question and compare it to what a real diamond of that carat size should weigh.
Since the above methods may be difficult for most people to check the diamonds in their rings personally, there are some easier ways to check if a stone is real. For example, a simple fog test can help you figure out if a stone is real. This can be done by fogging the diamond with your mouth. If it’s a real diamond, the fog won’t stay very long and will evaporate almost immediately. Another way to test a diamond is by placing it under a UV light or a black light, since a real diamond will reflect medium to dark blue fluorescence. Finally, fake diamonds tend to seem dull when looked at from the side, while a real diamond will have equal shine and brilliance from every angle.
There are many other ways to test a stone, but the best and most certain way to test if a diamond is real or not is to ask the retailer to give you a certificate of authenticity for the diamonds used in the item. Most prominent jewelers will provide a detailed certificate from a diamond lab such as GIA, the Gemological Institute of America, or EGL, the European Gemological Laboratory. Both are independent and unbiased and will give you a proof without a doubt whether the diamonds in question are authentic.
MyTrioRings guarantees its diamonds are authentic, and is happy to provide a diamond certificate of authenticity upon request, for a standard fee. Simply call or email us to request a diamond certificate for a new purchase or a trio rings purchase you have already made. A Trio Wedding Ring Set is the perfect way for you to save money on gold wedding rings yet have the satisfaction of owning real diamonds. Check out our large selection of Diamond trio ring Sets, as well as our Yellow and White gold trio ring sets. When the Ladies Engagement ring, Ladies Wedding band, and Men's Wedding band are together in a matching set - this is called a Trio Wedding Ring Set.
Are Diamonds Sold Today Conflict Diamonds?
One question that we at MyTrioRings get very often is whether the diamonds used in our diamond trio ring sets and other jewelry such as our diamond necklace specials include any conflict diamonds, which are often referred to as blood diamonds. Our answer, displayed on every product page, has consistently been our guarantee that “Our diamonds are all authentic naturally mined diamonds and guaranteed to be from reputable and conflict-free mining sources.” Blood diamonds or conflict diamonds have been a point of concern for decades now, but there is very little proof that most diamonds available in the United States today are funding bloodshed in Africa.
The United Nations defines conflict diamonds as “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.” The popular movie titled Blood Diamond, which came out in 2006, shows the horror and bloodshed that is associated with diamonds mined in Africa. Set during the Sierra Leone Civil War of 1999, the movie shows the RUF rebel group of Sierra Leone enslaving villagers to mine diamonds that they would then trade directly for guns.
In 2001, in response to outcry from many about the news about the wars in Africa raged over diamonds, the UN called for the creation of an international certification scheme for rough diamonds. The result was a piece of legislation titled, the Kimberly Process, which enforces rigorous requirements on diamond producers to certify shipments of rough diamonds as “conflict-free” and actively prevent conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate market. For example, when the UN deemed that Liberia was being used as a vehicle for exporting conflict diamonds by the RUF rebel group of Sierra Leone, the country was banned from the Kimberly Process, and its exports of diamonds were forbidden.
Today, diamond holding company De Beers controls about 35% of the world’s supply of diamonds, and is the direct distributor of the diamonds that are used in the trio wedding ring sets and jewelry available on MyTrioRings.com. De Beers commits fully to preventing conflict diamonds and only distributes diamonds from its own mines. This way it can guarantee that its diamonds are completely conflict free. De Beers has a highly regulated and restricted process for distributing its diamonds, and not ever jeweler and diamond distributor is granted access to its diamonds.
This means that you, as a retail customer of diamonds today, can shop with complete confidence that the diamonds on MyTrioRings.com are 100% conflict free. In your search for the perfect wedding ring set, however, it is important for you as a consumer to ask questions and ask the vendor if they know whether or not the diamonds they sell are in fact conflict free. While actions such as the Kimberly Process are helping make the world’s diamond supply safer, for the effort to be a success, it requires diligence from everyone involved in the process, ranging from diamond producers, all the way to consumers. To help the cause, do your part so that you can purchase your diamond rings with a clear conscience.
Diamond Sales Surge in the East
The United States was once seen as the emerging front of the diamond market. It was the land of the American Dream, mass-consumerism, and new money. However, the United States’ economy is lagging behind the high growth markets in the east, namely India and China. While demand for Diamonds in the United States fell after the global economic crises in the past decade, markets have in fact surged in the East, to the point where within a decade, Chinese demand for diamonds could reach the same level as the United States.
De Beers has long been the monopoly holder of diamonds in the world, amassing about 95% of the World’s supply of diamonds at one point. They source their diamonds from Africa and India, and release it through select avenues and retailers on a limited approval basis. In an interview this month with London’s Financial Times, the Managing Director of De Beers, Garreth Penny stated that “What we’re now seeing, with China growing as rapidly as it is, [is] annual double-digit growth compounded over a period of five years.”
However, it appears that the surge of the diamond market in China is not solely due to the solid performance of the local economy and stock markets. A lot of it has to do with the wedding culture and traditions in China. According to Penny, 20 years ago, it was rare for Chinese brides to receive diamond engagement rings. However, today about 50% of couples married in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong buy them.
The growth of the diamond market in China is significant, since in 2009, China only accounted for 6-7% of the global diamond market, while the United States accounted for about 40% of it. De Beers has forecasted the Chinese demand to more than double by the year 2016.
A similar trend is visible in India today, where “the diamond jewelry business has been showing a growth rate of about 15% at a time when [just gold jewelry] has shown negligible growth.”The diamond jewelry market in India has been surging, and is representative of similar activity in India. According to experts, this is because with gold prices at an all time high, consumers are moving from investing in pure gold to diamond jewelry.
According to latest figures, in May 2010 alone, India’s polished diamond exports rose 73% from last year, to almost $1.8 billion. India has long been labeled a major hub of diamond cutting and polishing, and has a hand in 9 out of 11 diamonds that are produced around the world. Apart from India, Honk Kong and Dubai are also emerging as key trading areas.
It will be interesting to see how the balance of power between diamond trading centers shifts over the next decade. While the diamond industry is rebounding well from the global economic collapse of the past decade, there are many issues the diamond industry must deal with over the next decade, especially a decline in the diamond supply in the future. According to Penny, “These great mines that were discovered 10, 20, 30 years ago are not being replaced today. According to the data that is out there, we’re going to see some significant declines in diamonds.”
4 Things Anyone Buying Jewelry and Wedding Rings Online Should Know
It’s not a secret that there are many reasons to buy jewelry online. I’m sure you’ve heard, “Often you can save 50 percent or more buying online because e-commerce retailers have lower overhead costs than brick-and-mortar stores, and can pass the savings on to you.”
But what should you know when buying jewelry online? Anywhere you look they will tell you the same thing, and we agree with them! Here are the top 4 tips:
1. Know your stuff
Doing good research can help you make sure you get the ring that is best for your partner and the quality you expect! When it comes to buying diamonds online, you want to understand the 4 C’s - cut, color, carat, clarity. Our site has a guide to this here. Understanding the terms can be a critical "must" for such an important purchase. Make sure before you buy anything online you understand what you are buying.
2. Call the Company
There is a wealth of information available online, but you can also learn a lot by calling the company, emailing them, or talking to them on their live chat. This is especially true if they have good customer service! Click here to see where we stand on this. When you have an idea what you want, you should call. It is better to ask in advance and get exactly what you’re looking for, rather than order and have to return an item. This can save you time and shipping costs!
3. Reputation and Guarantee
Once you find an online store that has the jewelry you want, how can you tell if they are the real deal? See that they offer a guarantee, a good return policy, and that the site has secure ordering. Also see if you can find a section for testimonials or customer feedback, where you can learn what other real people think! And, calling the company to let them convince you of their reputation and guarantees is not only perfectly fair, but they should be happy to!
4. Comparison Shop for Price
Search various online retailers in order to get an idea of what a competitive price should be. If you know the details of what you want, shopping and price comparison sites such as Shopzilla.com, Nextag.com, or Bizrate.com can be really helpful. And look for a company's specials! This can be a great way to find a bargain.
No matter which type of engagement ring you end up buying, making sure you follow certain tasks and approach the purchase in an educated fashion can ensure you will be pleased. In the end this is an investment that will grow in value just as your love continues to grow throughout your marriage.