How Do You Responsibly Close A Diamond Mine?



When Kanye West dropped the music video for "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" in 2005, he was inviting viewers to engage with perhaps the most salient fashion ethics issue of the mid-aughts: conflict diamonds. His video, filled with images of blood-spurting diamond jewelry and forlorn-looking child miners, provided a graphic introduction to the moral questions embedded in our supply chains.

But if he was remaking the video today, it's likely that West's focus would be different. Conflict-free gem certifications are now so common that they're often taken for granted, and these days, the diamond debate is more likely to focus on lab-grown versus naturally-mined varieties or the environmental impact of mining.

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