Shop Responsibly Sourced Diamonds
July 20, 2021
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Your love story is one of a kind. What better way to represent your unique bond than with a unique diamond engagement ring? As you may know, however, when irresponsibly traded, diamonds have been known to fund rebellions and wars in many African nations. We spoke with Kristen Lawler-Trustey, PR Manager at De Beers Forevermark, to learn more about how you as a consumer can make better choices when shopping for an engagement ring.
First things first, Kristen Lawler-Trustey recommends you do your research. Now, you’ve likely heard this more times than you can count, but it’s a massive part of what will lead you to the perfect, responsibly sourced ring. The main question to ask during your search: “Is the company actively working to not only diminish its impact but ensure a bright future for the land and people supplying its diamonds?”
Lawler-Trustey tells us De Beers Forevermark, for example, focuses on four pillars: “standing with women and girls, protecting the natural world, partnering for thriving communities, and leading an ethical industry.” In fact, Lawler-Trustey says that “for every acre of land impacted by mining activities, De Beers sets aside six acres for conservation – equating to approximately 500,000 acres of land protected for wildlife and biodiversity.” In addition, the company partnered with UN Women in 2017 and is currently a part of the HeForShe Alliance in pursuit of achieving gender parity in their workforce by 2030.