What you need to know
Mined Diamonds have been used for engraving tools and adornment for thousands of years. They are a result of carbon atoms bonding together and resulting into a beautiful rough diamond within the earth; these diamonds that have come to surface are generally quite old, ranging from under 1 billion to 3.3 billion years old. Diamonds are the hardest known natural material on the Mohs scale, which is a 10, they are also not very chemically reactive.
Mined diamonds have been a source of political and ethical concerns for years. Approximately 130,000,000 carats of diamonds are mined annually, with a total of nearly $9 billion synthesized annually. Revolutionary groups that have taken control of diamond mines to finance their operations and sell diamonds through this process are called conflict diamonds or blood diamonds. In response to public concerns that their diamond purchases were contributing to war and human rights abuses, the United Nations, the diamond industry and diamond-trading nations introduced the Kimberly Process in 2002. This aims to ensure that conflict diamonds do not become intermixed with the diamonds not controlled by such rebel groups.
McCoy Jeweler’s also carries and can obtain conflict-free mined diamonds by request by our trusted vendors.