The year 2016 is shaping up to be the year of the celebrity wedding. Hot on the heels of the nuptials of It girls Solenn, Georgina, and Belle is another gorgeous destination wedding: that of Cristalle Belo Henares’. Cristalle, the eldest daughter of celebrity doctor Vicki Belo and quite the power woman herself, wed Australian hotelier (and almost-Storm Trooper!) Justin Pitt, last September in the famous Lake Como in Italy. After seeing so many weddings this year, we feel like it would take much more to impress us.
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.