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Canadian Diamonds Now Featured in Danforth Diamond Engagement Rings

Conflict-free diamonds and recycled metal jewelry give shoppers options for Earth Day and every day.

Canadian diamonds are now available at Danforth Diamond, one of the Internet’s leading diamond engagement ring sources. Their database of loose diamonds now features Canadian diamonds that can be placed in one of their Harmony diamond engagement ring settings or purchased for a pre-existing ring setting.

With concerns about funding violence in Africa through “blood diamonds,” Canada has become a source of socially-responsible diamonds in recent years becoming the world’s third-largest producer of diamonds. These conflict-free diamonds are mined in remote areas of the northern territories of Canada.
Canadian diamond engagement rings can be made to your specifications through Danforth Diamond by selecting the cut, carat, color and clarity of your Canadian diamond and then paring it with a Harmony ring setting. First, search for a diamond using the Search for Diamonds function. One of the Report fields in the search is “Canadian”. After reviewing the details of a diamond, add it to a ring and select from Danforth Diamonds’ expansive collection of Harmony solitaire settings, three-stone settings, and settings that feature other gemstones. Pairing a Canadian diamond with a Harmony engagement ring setting results in the most eco-friendly engagement ring available.

“Our current and potential customers email us with questions and special requests,” said Jill Renee, president of Danforth Diamond. “We’ve received a number of customer requests for Canadian diamonds for their wedding jewelry. We had a few diamond suppliers from Canada but this prompted us to explore new vendors.”

Whether Canadian in origin or not, Danforth Diamond only receives its diamonds from sources that adhere to the Kimberley Process, whereby a diamond’s origins are tracked in order to ensure it has not contributed to the violence that plagues much of the diamond industry in Africa. Using conflict-free diamonds is part of Danforth Diamond’s commitment to the earth and its inhabitant.

Ethical and eco-friendly engagement rings are exclusively available at Danforth Diamond by paring Canadian diamonds with Harmony recycled precious metals. An alternative to mining new metal, Harmony takes precious metal from old jewelry, jewelry scrap, and metal from industrial uses and recycles them to make new jewelry pieces. Providing a recycled metal jewelry option increases Danforth Diamond’s ability to give their customers environmentally responsible jewelry at an affordable price.

Jill Renee added, “Earth Day is coming on April 22 and each year more individuals and businesses become actively involved in taking care of the planet and its inhabitants. As a company, Danforth Diamond continues to look for innovative ways to provide earth-friendly and green diamond engagement rings and other jewelry.”

About Danforth Diamond
Danforth Diamond is a leading online engagement ring jeweler specializing in platinum and palladium diamond engagement rings. Their jewelry collection features options that fit every style and budget – from simple anniversary gifts to stunning bridal jewelry. Visit Danforth Diamond online to learn more at: DanforthDiamond.com.

Information provided by Danforth Diamond, your engagement ring experts. Visit us at http://www.danforthdiamond.com or call us at 1-877-404-RING.

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Conflict-Free Diamonds

All of the diamonds offered on our web site are ethically sourced and conflict-free. We support the Kimberley Process and will not buy or sell conflict or “blood” diamonds. Each diamond cutter we work with must obtain their diamonds exclusively from legitimate sources, and fully comply with the Kimberley Process requirements. We will continue to support and promote any process that works to uphold legitimacy in the diamond trade. Danforth Diamond is a registered StopBloodDiamonds.org Jeweler.

What are Conflict Diamonds?

In many African countries, including Angola, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), illegally mined diamonds have been, and continue to be linked to terrible human rights abuses. Well financed insurgent groups have carried out horrible atrocities against civilians, and similar acts of violence by unscrupulous governments who are equally brutal.

In addition, concerns have mounted over links between conflict diamonds and money laundering by groups like Al-Qaeda.

To combat this international problem, was the formation of the Kimberley Process, a joint governmental diamond industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme is an innovative, voluntary system that imposes extensive requirements on Participants to certify that shipments or rough diamonds are free from conflict diamonds. The Kimberley Process is composed of 43 Participants, including the European Community. The Kimberley Process Participants account for approximately 99.8% of the global production of rough diamonds.

In April 2003, President Bush passed a bill adopting the Kimberley Process that requires all U.S. diamond retailers to buy diamonds from manufacturers who have the proper documentation and assuring that their merchandise was obtained through legitimate channels. The U.S. Customs service is responsible for enforcing the Kimberley Process as diamonds enter American ports.

Danforth Diamond supports the Kimberley Process. Each diamond cutter we work with must obtain their diamonds exclusively from legitimate sources, and fully comply with the Kimberley Process requirements. We will continue to support and promote any process that works to uphold legitimacy in the diamond trade.

Learn more about conflict diamonds at www.diamondfacts.org, and find out how you can help stop “blood diamonds” by visiting www.stopblooddiamonds.org.

Harmony Recycled Metals for Jewelry

What Is HARMONY? (a personal message from Jill Renee, President of Danforth Diamond)

Danforth Wedding Jewelry is Refined, Not Mined! When you buy an engagement ring or wedding ring from Danforth Diamond, you are supporting the global effort to preserve our planet’s future.

From recycling newspapers to choosing the right light bulbs, being green and buying green are responsible choices that will help save the planet and its resources. You can be green with your jewelry choices, too!

Danforth Diamond’s Commitment to the Earth

In a business where all of our products come from the Earth, the jewelry industry relies heavily upon mining companies to generate source materials for their products. The sad fact is — mining is a very “dirty” business and the production of one beautiful gold ring will generate five tons of environmental waste, contaminating water and lands which endangers the health and lives of humans and animals.

Danforth Diamond will NOT play a role in the Earth’s destruction just to create beautiful jewelry. Instead of sourcing our metal from mines (like some of our competitors), we choose instead to HELP PRESERVE THE PLANET by creating our product line from the HARMONY brand of recycled metals.

HARMONY Recycled Precious Metals™ share the exquisite beauty of mined metals, but HARMONY Metals™ are 100% recycled (through the environmentally-friendly process of refining precious metal scrap).*

The 100% recycled guarantee comes backed up by the Certificate of Authenticity, which we proudly display on our website, as an Authorized Dealer of HARMONY Metals™.

Additionally, all of the diamonds offered on our website are ethically sourced and conflict-free. We support the Kimberly Process and will not buy or sell “blood diamonds“.

Do Your Part to Save the Earth and Buy Eco-Friendly Jewelry from Danforth Diamond!

Be sure to look for the HARMONY logo throughout our website when choosing your diamond engagement ring. Please note that all items made with HARMONY Recycled Precious Metals™ will come shipped to you with the official HARMONY Mini-Certification Card.

What is the difference between diamonds, cubic zirconia and moissanite?

Diamonds, Cubic Zirconia and Moissanite: How They Differ

By Jill Renee

Diamonds are known for their sparkle and brilliance making them popular in jewelry as their shine is unmatched by any other gemstone. Symbolizing eternal love, diamonds are popular in engagement rings and wedding jewelry. Because of their hardness, diamonds are also used to cut and wear away other substances and are used for industrial purposes in drills, saws and engraving tools.

The jewelry and industrial uses for diamonds created a demand for the stones and also prompted the creation of imitations which mimic the qualities of a diamond with some differences. Cubic zirconia and moissanite are two of these that are popular in jewelry.
Both are diamond simulants meaning non-diamond materials are used to create them and simulate the properties of a real diamond. Both are less expensive than a diamond and have their advantages and drawbacks.

Cubic Zirconia vs. Diamonds

Cubic zirconia (or CZ) has been used in jewelry since the 1970’s. Cubic zirconias are more reflective than glass or crystal so they sparkle like diamonds. A CZ is not as hard as a diamond but weighs more, a fact that does not lessen cubic zirconias appeal since traditional carat sizes are small enough that their weight isn’t perceived as greater. The majority of diamonds have inclusions, or flaws (these are measured by the Clarity component of the four C’s of diamond buying.) CZs are optically flawless and they are colorless, another characteristics that is found in few diamonds as most diamonds have some yellow shading to them.

Moissanite vs. Diamonds

Moissanite is the jewelry name for silicon carbide and was introduced as a gemstone in the late 1990’s. Moissanites are more refractive than diamonds meaning they shine more brilliantly making this one of the easiest ways to tell it is not a diamond.
A moissanite is not as hard as a diamond but is harder than a cubic zirconia and it weighs less than a CZ. Moissanites do have inclusions like diamonds and may have green shading to them.

Both cubic zirconia and moissanite have a close visual resemblance to diamonds – they offer the luster and fire of diamonds while being mostly colorless and can be cut in the same shapes as diamonds. In jewelry making cubic zirconia and moissanite are not as popular so they are harder to find in specific cuts and are not regularly found in jewelry stores or traditional online jewelry sellers.