TIL the Kimberly Process, by which diamonds are certified as “conflict-free”, has been largely abandoned as ineffective. Due to corruption and smuggling it is essentially impossible to tell if a gem is a blood diamond or not.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberley_Process_Certification_Scheme#Global_Witness

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  1. Another diamond fun fact: there is no way to prove that those places that press your loved one’s cremated ashes into a diamond actually did so, or simply said they did and bought a cheap small diamond, for as little as $20, and charged you $4000 or more for it.

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