What Is A Conflict Diamond?

Conflict diamonds are a huge concern in today's diamond market. The term conflict diamond, or blood diamond as others call it, became quite well-known to the average person in 2002 when the James Bond movie "Die Another Day" was released. This contribution to the legendary James Bond saga revolved around the idea of smuggling conflict diamonds. The movie "Blood Diamond" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Connelly also brought this issue into the main stream. Russell Simmons creator of Phat Farm is also a huge supporter of the movement to stop Conflict Diamonds.

So what is a conflict diamond? The UN formally defines a conflict diamond as a "diamond that originates from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council." In short, a conflict diamond is any diamond that is mined from an area in which there is war, or armed conflict. For more information please visit: http://www.stopblooddiamonds.org.

At Isaac Jewelers, we feel strongly about this issue and can assure our customers we do not carry conflict diamonds and abide by the Kimberly Protocols set forth by the United Nations.