While it has been over a decade since the Kimberly Process was established in an effort to stop the trade of conflict diamonds, the industry is still riddled with the illegal gem stones, creating a moral conflict for many looking to purchase diamond jewlery or engagement rings. However, 2015 has seen the rise of a new player in the diamond game.
Diamond Foundry, based in California's Silicon Valley, is creating eco-friendly and human rights-friendly diamonds all from their reactor site in Canada. The reactor reaches incredibly high temperatures in order to construct a diamond that is "indistiguishable from its natural counterpart" in the timespan of about a month. Their use of natural energy, however, ensures a zero carbon footprint and sets them apart from their competitors. The company has recieved support from a dozen high-profile investors, including the star of the 2007 film "Blood Diamond," Leonardo DiCaprio.
Companies such as Diamond Foundry are playing an important role in the process of eliminating blood diamonds from the global market. While the Kimberly Process was effective in reducing the number of conflict diamonds, it left a number of loopholes unadressed.
While many are now aware of the realities behind the diamond industry, knowing the true origin of a diamond when shopping is difficult. Diamond Foundry, and other synthetic diamond companies, are growing in popularity and providing an option for those looking to be 100% sure their diamond is conflict-free.
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