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Loose Diamonds Still the Sign of Royalty

For thousands of years diamonds have symbolized wealth, love, power, spirit and magical powers. It was believed that diamonds were the fragments of stars and the teardrops of the Gods. Diamonds were believed to possess magical qualities of Gods which were beyond the understanding of ordinary human beings. Precisely, all those who possessed diamonds were believed to be the owners of extraordinary and mystical powers!

Till the 15th century, only kings wore diamonds and that too only to wars where the diamonds were studded on their leather breast plates. The concept of diamond jewelry evolved much later when the technology to cut diamonds into the complex faceted forms was developed. With this development loose diamonds transformed into diamond jewelry, became slightly more affordable and thus, common among the ordinary people.

Over the past 2 decades, diamond jewelry has become very popular among the masses; and the popularity peaks are witnessed most in the stratum of engagement rings. But are loose diamonds that popular amongst common people? I doubt so! We have heard of celebrities and other socialites buying loose diamonds and that too in bulk to have them embedded on their accessories like shoes, handbags and even the dog collars for their darling pooches! But how many of us can go out there and get loose diamonds at least to have a customized engagement ring? I am sure not many!

Hence, though diamonds symbolize an unbreakable bond and all of us would love to get one for our loved ones, we settle for a piece of diamond jewelry rather than a 3 carat certified loose diamond of ideal cut and FL clarity. This is not because our loved ones are not worth it, but just because we canít afford it!

But if you happen to be one of those lucky ones who can afford to buy loose diamonds, the best place I can suggest to get those exclusive ones is B2Cjewels.com. Here you will find certified loose diamonds of your choice and specifications and can also get it shipped to any place in the US.

Posted by Catherleen on 6/05/2008

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CONFLICT DIAMONDS or BLOOD DIAMONDS

Though access to diamond mines is restricted, determined individuals can smuggle diamonds out for sale. Such diamonds are used by rebsels to fund conflicts. These illegally traded diamonds used to fund conflicts are called CONFLICT DIAMONDS or BLOOD DIAMONDS. These are used to finance purchases of war such as food, medicines, weapons etc.

Conflict diamonds can be referred to as prisoners of war; if they are found on the field they are sold. Some times they are traded directly for weapons to reduce the traceability of the transaction or they may be exchanged for currencies of various nations.

Owing to the closed nature of the diamond industry and the difficulty in tracking and monitoring diamonds; diamonds are viewed by terrorist as the ultimate means to fund their operations.

The illicit trade of diamonds is identified as a social and political problem; centered severely in Africa including several nations like Liberia, Angola and Sierra Leone.

The problem is not the diamond but the rebels who intend to use diamonds for their illegal goals.

To eradicate the problem of conflict diamonds the United Nations, governments and nongovernmental organizations worked out the Kimberley Process Certification System to ensure that the conflict diamonds do not enter the legitimate diamond supply chain. The diamond industry also adopted a voluntary System of Warranties to assure consumers that their diamonds are from sources free of conflict. B2cjewels.com is one such place where you get a wide range of Conflict-free diamonds in various shapes and designs. The diamonds at B2C Jewels are certified and bought from established dealers of the industry.

Though the percent contribution of conflict diamonds to the diamond industry has gone down to 1% from 4%, the aim continues till the complete absence of conflict diamonds. The goal is indeed to end conflict. End the conflict and there will be only diamonds that bring prosperity.

Posted by Alex on 4/02/2008

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