Why are blood diamonds illegal?
However, there’s sometimes a hidden, darker side to many of these dazzling gems. Before purchasing a diamond, it’s imperative that you ensure it’s conflict-free. Diamonds that are not conflict-free are known as blood diamonds, which means they are illegally sold in order to finance devastating wars and terrorism.
Why are so many diamonds found in Africa?
Diamonds in Africa were formed somewhere between 600 million and 3 billion years ago when titanic-force pressure and heat caused carbon 1,200 miles (1,931 km) below the Earth’s surface to crystallize. As recently as a million years ago, erupting molten rock brought the diamonds closer to the Earth’s surface.
Why are there no conflict diamonds in Canada?
They are marketed as conflict-free and cleanly mined under the Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct, overseen by the federal government, that goes beyond the Kimberley Process certification program, established in 2003, which sets minimum standards for ethical diamond mining.
Does De Beers sell blood diamonds?
Blood Diamonds. … In 2000, De Beers controlled around 65 percent of all diamond production, while in 2001 De Beers marketed two-thirds of all the rough diamonds in the world and produced nearly half of the world’s supply of diamonds from their mine.