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Guilt-free diamonds: beyond blood to human rights

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Gad Zak and his wife, Maria Da Costa. The couple founded the ethical jewelry company Igloo Diamonds in 2003. (Photo courtesy of Gad Zak)


1 carat round diamond from ethical jeweler Brilliant Earth, originating from the Ekati mine in Canada. (Photo courtesy of Beth Gerstein)

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Buying diamonds is now a matter of conscience, not just taste and deep-pockets. Since agreements now assure that most diamonds come from non-conflict zones, activists also want buyers to consider human rights abuses, low wages, slave labor and a host of other egregious practices that still take place in nonconflict mining countries.