Thursday, December 27, 2007

Diamonds are forever

I just watched Blood Diamond. Wow is all I can say. As you can tell I really enjoyed the movie. Leo did a really good job on the South African accent. I thought it was quite convincing.
After watching the movie, it makes me not want to buy diamond jewellery, but then again I actually wouldn’t buy them because I don’t like them to begin with. I’m not a huge fan of the ‘bling bling’.

When I look through all the jewellery catalogues I receive in the mail and when I walk past jewellery stores, I think to myself “I wonder if these are blood diamonds….. conflict diamonds”.
A couple of days ago there was a documentary on conflicts diamonds. I was really ignorant on how these precious gems were mined. I didn’t realise what type of working conditions individuals experienced while working in diamond mines.

There was one man, whose name escapes me, who was fighting for better working conditions for the African miners. What an angel. We need more people like him in the world. These miners would earn less than a dollar… and these diamonds would fetch up to $500 000 or more.
I really appreciated these two films; it opened my eyes to the ugly side of diamonds.

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