by Suzanne Sachs • 5 min read
THE BASICS --
A term often talked about in society today is “conflict free” and what it actually means to be conflict free. Many couples are looking to purchase an antique or vintage engagement ring, yet are concerned that it is conflict free. They want to show their concern for the environment while displaying their love and commitment to each other. Understanding what a conflict free engagement ring actually is (or what means to be conflict free) can help you decide whether or not it best suits you and your journey together.
What You Need To Know--
What is a Conflict Free Diamond?
Historically, diamonds symbolize love and passion. Unfortunately today there are conflict diamonds, or blood diamonds, that have been sold for the purpose of funding wars in parts of Africa (including Sierra Leone and Angola.). It is sad, but true, that many of the world's most productive diamond mines are located in regions that have been torn by civil war, terrorism and violence. The Kimberly process is a procedure that was started by the United Nations in order to track rough diamonds from various mines into the open market. Unfortunately it is impossible to guarantee that any diamond is completely free of violence, conflict or any other unsavory dealings.
3 Ways to Authenticate a Conflict Free Diamond
The easiest way to confirm your engagement ring diamond is, indeed, ethical and conflict free is to purchase a vintage engagement ring from a reputable antique or vintage jewelry dealer. Vintage jewelry and vintage diamonds have predated the period of funding wars and, therefore, can ease your mind that your jewelry is, in fact, conflict free.
• Vintage Diamonds
Many jewelers try to follow the tracking of diamonds through the Kimberley process, yet there are many shortcomings. Because of this, the only way to fully ensure that any diamond is absolutely conflict-free, is to choose an antique engagement ring or vintage stone.
• Vintage Gemstones
Unfortunately there is no process in place for precious gemstones or "Blood Gemstones," so it is virtually impossible to conclude that your gemstone is conflict free. The only way to guarantee that a gemstone is conflict free is to either purchase a vintage gemstone ring or to reuse a vintage or antique gemstone that was mined prior to 1980.
• Family History
Another way to ensure that your jewelry or gemstones are truly conflict free is to check into heirlooms that have been passed down through generations. These pieces of jewelry can be conflict free and have that unique connection of various generations being intertwined Vintage jewelry can start, or continue, a family tradition that keeps generations connected. It is a very special way for families to connect or remember each other.
Why Conflict Free Matters?
It may seem like a lot of trouble verifying that a diamond or piece of jewelry is conflict free. However there are many reasons why being conflict free really does matter in today's society. For those who care, it can ease their conscious knowing that the diamond or gemstone of choice did not help in financing any illegal wars. No underage children were used for labor purposes. These reasons alone help protect the environment.
Choosing a Conflict Free Engagement Ring
In conclusion, we know that vintage engagement rings are conflict free as they were produced, or manufactured, before the 1970s and 1980s. In some instances even centuries ago. Choosing a vintage ring from your favorite jewelry era will showcase your style and flair, while symbolizing your love for one another. Just as important, you play a part in protecting the environment while promoting social justice and recycling. Vintage jewelry is timeless. Whatever your reason is for choosing a conflict free vintage engagement ring, you can be confident you will enjoy it for a lifetime.
Conflict Free Engagement Rings For Everyone
No matter which era is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.
Find The Perfect Vintage Engagement Ring
Vintage diamond rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of conflict free engagement rings today.