4 Excellent Reasons Why You Should Consider a Rough Diamond Engagement Ring

Your engagement is a magical time, when you and your partner take your relationship to the next level and commit to a lifetime together. Your engagement ring is a symbol and expression of that commitment and of course, you want it to be perfect. However, with all of the different options out there, it can be overwhelming to find a design that truly expresses your personal style as well as reflects your relationship. Here are four reasons why we at The Raw Stone believe that ‘raw’ or ‘rough’ diamonds are the better choice when it comes to picking out and...

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10 Things You Should Know About Kimberley Certificates

So you want a conflict-free diamond, that means you need a Kimberley Certificate, right? You'd be surprised. Here are the top ten things you should know about Kimberley Certificates: 1. A Kimberley Certificate does not prove that a diamond is ethically mined. A Kimberley Certificate simply states that the rough diamond was exported from a certain country "in accordance with the provision of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme for rough diamonds". The certification scheme does not mention ethical mining, it is focused on whether or not the country that the raw diamond is exported from is free from conflict involving...

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How to define an ethically-sourced rough diamond.

When choosing your rough diamond, it's important to know exactly why it's ethically sourced, and what, exactly, that means. And, defining ethical sourcing is tricky because in some very interesting ways it's subjective. Anyway, no matter how you look at it, here are four factors to consider when defining how "ethical" a rough diamond is: The way it was mined The social impact The environmental impact How business is conducted. Mining Rough diamonds are typically mined in two ways - alluvial (riverbed or artisanal) mining or open pit mining. We typically source our rough diamonds from modern open pit mines...

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