65% of the world’s diamonds come from Africa. We save months’ worth of salaries to buy one ring.
But why is Africa still plagued with poverty, starvation, and conflict? More than a million diamond miners earn less than a dollar a day. Children are taken out of school to work in the mines. And the diamonds they unearth are used to fund armed rebel movements. Despite the ban on blood diamonds, these continue to infiltrate the market. But there are ways for couples to buy more ethical diamonds and engagement rings. And when they make this conscious choice, it contributes to a greater social change.