I'm writing this thread purely for educational/awareness purposes. Not to bash or be anti-diamonds. But I strongly believe that women should know the general origins of her $1,000 or $20,000 rock that her fiance/husband had given her. I used to love the appearance and glimmer of diamonds, and hoped to be engaged to someone who can pour money on me with a huge rock but NO MORE after I've read about the history of de beers and their means to mine diamonds in South Africa and other nations who mine diamonds as their primary source of revenue. Journalists and investigators alike have exposed the reality of diamonds but frankly, to reverse a false 63 yr old advertising campaign overnight is not going to happen quickly. Please let your female loved ones or men who are planning to be engaged about this unknown fact about diamonds! References: An economist reports- Ten reasons why you should never accept a diamond ring The Atlantic Online - a reputable source of journalism Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond? A private research website w/ thorough articles - Edward Jay Epstein site Prologue - The Diamond Invention Note: I'm not supporting nor am I part of any sort of anti diamonds, anti debeers group, my intentions are solely for awareness purposes - none for my personal or organizational gain.