the truth about traditional diamonds

There are some ugly truths about the Jewelry industry that most people aren’t aware of. Maybe you’ve heard of conflict diamonds before, but what are they exactly and why should you care?

The conflict diamond definition, as per the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), is “a rough diamond mined in an area controlled by rebel forces whose sale is used to finance anti- government military action.” Traditional earth-mined diamonds are known to have funded civil wars, violence, worker exploitation, and other social injustices. But it doesn’t stop there. Due to a weak regulation of the industry, diamond mining has also caused environmental devastation, severely damaging the land and water – creating irreversible damage to ecosystems.

So, does that mean that all the diamonds that we see in traditional jewelry stores are conflict diamonds? Because most companies aren’t transparent about where they source their stones, it’s hard to say. However, it is estimated that on average $23 million dollars worth of conflict diamonds are smuggled in from the Ivory Coast into the US markets so, unfortunately it’s still a very prevalent issue in the jewelry industry today.

The good news? We have the power to make a change.

Choose to support businesses who source ethically and produce sustainably. Know where your products are coming from. Choose quality over quantity. Slow fashion instead of over consumption. You have the power to make a real change and we challenge you to join in the revolution.

the facts

3 Million

Deaths are attributed to conflict diamond mining


Average daily pay for a conflict diamond worker


Of miners were between the ages of 5 and 16


Of global diamond jewelry sales are from the USA

100 million

People in the USA own at least one earth-mined diamond

the saint mae difference

Ethically Sourced

All of our diamonds and gemstones are responsible, sustainable and ethically sourced.

Honestly Priced

We sell direct to you so we can offer transparent and fairly priced pieces you can be proud to show off.


Every product sold gives a percentage to programs that are working to help others around the world.

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