I'm always very careful in my selection of diamond and gemstone vendors, making sure to use only those whom I've built strong and trusting relationships with over the years. This helps to ensure the stones are conflict-free and in compliance with United Nations trading regulations.
But a step further toward ensuring conflict-free diamonds is to pinpoint the source -- something very tricky to do in the diamond industry. Diamonds mined from Canada are a wonderful way to track their origin. Unfortunately, Canadian diamonds are typically pricier than their non-Canadian counterparts.
A vendor whom I've used for years for my recycled golds is now supplying Canadian diamonds at competitive prices, and I couldn't be happier! I'm thrilled to announce all of my diamond wedding bands (Scattered Diamond Bands, Arc Band, etc.) now feature diamonds mined strictly from Canada. In addition, all smaller diamonds in stackables or accent diamonds in rings (such as the Diamond Halo below) are also Canadian.
"Canadian origin melee diamonds are mined in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, to the highest environmental standards in the world; they have provided social benefits to the northern communities and have brought about important economic prosperity to their region."
Pretty darn great, right?