The Beauty of A Gift As Clean As It Appears To Be
A gift should not be cause for conflict. A gift should be cause for celebration and joy. Especially when you’re looking for those most exceptional gifts to give on those most important occasions, the only thing that should be given is value.
The idea of a gift is to show that you care, and give someone a keepsake by which they can continuously remember your legacy, your love, you. If that memory becomes tarnished by abuse, it is the kind of thing that may initiate a subtle – but expanding – rift.
So give your loved ones the gift of cruelty-free jewelry, the kind that has no hidden guilt, and which in fact goes to preventing that kind of thing through dint of expanding awareness.
The Guilt Of A Blood Diamond
They say that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. The same is often true morally. While morally you may not have had any idea that the diamond you purchased was linked to bloodshed, eventually that moral pendulum will still swing back toward the pusher.
Whether or not you may be caught under its penumbra is debatable; but think about this for a moment: do you want a ring, earrings, a necklace, a bracelet or figurine given for an anniversary to suddenly take on a sinister undertone?
Say you purchased the piece, and it remains in the family ten years before the local diamond outlet is outed as a purveyor of diamonds acquired through conflict and exploitation.
Well, now you have this guilty conscience all of a sudden. So you sell the piece. But wait a moment – haven’t you yet continued the legacy of the abused? See, there is no way out of it.
How terrible it would be to find some piece of jewelry you gave a loved one at their wedding, graduation or anniversary came from exploitation at the hand of cruel diamond purveyors relying on cut-rate, abusive means.
Diamonds Which Are Free From Violence
It is possible to get jewelry and diamonds which have been sourced in a way which is demonstrably ethical, and incorporates no violence whatsoever.
Such diamonds come from mines who have labor and environmental standards which are strict. Not only are their employees treated correctly, but so is the land from which the fruit of the rocks we call diamonds is extracted.
Things that are not fair, and should be avoided, include a bevy of different qualifications. Before you spend thousands of dollars supporting an industry that exists because of the blood of your human brethren, do some research. See that:
- No Child Labor Is Used
- Workers Are Paid Fair Wages
- Labor Standards Are Followed Strictly
- Environmental Standards Are Followed Strictly
- Working Conditions Are Not Toxic, Or Dangerous
- Local Ecosystems Are Not Impacted
Finding conflict-free diamonds may not seem like that big of a deal, but by going this route you could be saving someone’s family from being abused to death for no good reason.
Fathers, mothers and children are routinely worked in terrible conditions throughout the world for the profit of already financially endowed individuals. There is no reason to let that kind of brutal inequality persist.
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Avoid The Blood Diamonds
It is not just civil wars that circulate diamonds which make their way to our markets through the spilling of blood. There are also variety of ways that rich businessmen exploit populations unjustly for their own gain.
The diamond fields in Africa which are epitomized by the film Blood Diamond are merely the tip an utterly immense iceberg.
About the Author: Wendy Dessler helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.