Dear 100 Hour Board,
A few years ago, it came out the Kimberly Process for certifying diamonds as non-conflict wasn't as reliable as it was once thought. What is the best way to determine whether a diamond is truly mined under ethical circumstances? Is it even possible?
-Emiliana and her boyfriend are going ring shopping soon ... :)
The best way to make sure the diamonds are conflict-free is to get them synthetically made. I have quite a few friends with synthetic diamonds. They're still real gems, but you can be sure they're conflict-free.
In fact, I have a friend whose dad was watching them make his wife's diamond in the diamond making machine (I bet it has an actual name...) and he told her dad to throw something in, he did and now her mom's diamond is made from the carbon of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich; though I'm not even going to claim to understand how that process works.
-Marguerite St. Just