Friday, May 09, 2014
Diamonds are so precious that countries would wage war over its mines. From the colonization of South Africa by the British Empire, which wiped out the last vestiges of the Zulu Empire, to the contemporary rebel groups that seek to undermine legitimate governments, much mayhem and murder have been done in the name of diamonds; hence, the term, blood diamond. To counter this violence, ethical diamond jewelers like Roberto Coin follow a Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, which certifies that the diamond business is not financing violence by rebel movements. Roberto Coin’s Cento is, in fact, certified to be free of diamonds from conflict areas. The jeweler’s social and ethical commitment ensures that you, too, will not be party to promoting violence in Africa when you buy a Cento.
Cento is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.