I think when I get married I will opt to NOT have a diamond ring. Not only because of the above but we probably wouldn’t be able to afford that ridiculous shit anyway…
I hope all the folks checking Tumblr on their cell phones realize that this also applies to cell phones?
Cell phones, tv, computers; many electronics that western countries are accustomed to have circuit boards and micro chips created by ore’d minerals. Who actually ores the minerals ? Its not been studied enough to know it’s this way across the entire mineral ore industry , but mostly it’s the same exploited workers in same or worse working conditions as blood diamonders .
It really irritates me when people get on the whole “I don’t want a diamond because diamonds are bad. I’d rather have a [insert other stone here].” You do know that diamonds are not the only stones that are not ethically mined, right? You also know precious metals are not always ethically mined, too, right? And you know harvesting material like coral, for example, ruins our ecosystem, right? And you know there are ethically mined diamonds, metals, and other stones, right? So people who say “Ohh I don’t want a diamond because diamonds are BAD” are somehow missing the forest through the trees. It’s like saying you won’t support Walmart who treats their workers like crap and visiting the Target next door who donated an obscene amount of money to ads run for a political figure who opposed same-sex marriage. The only way to avoid the evil is to research what you buy, not to simply avoid one stone because the media has told you how that one is bad but hasn’t informed you about the others.