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your guide to conflict-free diamonds with James Allen

So you know your side-stone setting from your solitaire, and you’ve researched carat weight, clarity, color, and cut to the point where you are practically an expert. You may be wondering, what else is there to consider when you’re designing your dream ring? If you ask us, the most important decision is all too often overlooked: making sure your diamonds are conflict-free. We’re big proponents of fair trade, ethical shopping in all aspects of our life, so shopping for an engagement ring is no different. If anything, it’s even more important to make sure you’re shopping fair trade with such a significant, monumental purchase! Luckily, all of the 150,000+ diamonds from our favorite online ring retailer are conflict-free. And on top of that, is now the exclusive online retailer of CanadaMark certified diamonds, which means even more beautiful, ethical options. So today we are partnering with on another post, this time to tackle the topic of buying a conflict-free diamond. Starting with the basics (what exactly does the label ‘conflict-free’ mean?) and then moving into the fun stuff (hello, gorgeous CanadaMark diamonds). So keep scrolling for everything you need to know…

shopping for conflict-free diamonds with James Allen

conflict-free engagement rings from James Allen

What is a conflict-free diamond?

Conflict-free diamonds are gems that were not obtained due to human rights abuses, child labor, violence, or environmental degradation. Diamonds can be certified conflict-free through compliance with the Patriot Act, the Kimberley Process, and various United Nations resolutions. All of’s diamonds, including the beautiful CanadaMark gems, are certified conflict-free.

shopping for conflict-free diamonds with James Allen

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Why buy a conflict-free diamond?

Once you know about the alternative, buying a conflict-free diamond feels like the only real option. Throughout the ‘90s, most of the world’s diamonds came from war-torn regions in Africa. Rebel armies in these parts were exploiting alluvial diamond fields to finance their wars, putting innocent people and the environment in the middle of their conflicts. The workers in these fields tended to be very young and habitually exploited, often resulting in serious injury or even death. (If you’ve seen the movie Blood Diamond, you know what this is all about. The CanadaMark diamonds sold on bear the most widely recognized hallmark of Canadian origin, ensuring that all diamonds with the CanadaMark logo are produced with the utmost integrity. Each stone is carefully tracked from mine to polished gem, giving you full transparency and peace of mind. Especially for such a big, once-in-a-lifetime purchase that will symbolize your love for years to come, it’s well worth taking the extra step to ensure you’re shopping for an ethical stone.

conflict-free diamond engagement rings via

James Allen conflict-free diamonds via

Where do I shop for a fair trade diamond? is our favorite place to shop for an engagement ring for a number of reasons: First and foremost, when you shop at, you can be certain that your diamonds are certified conflict-free and coming from the most ethical sources. They have an inspiration gallery of gorgeous rings to browse through, or you can choose from countless diamonds and settings to design your own ring. And since you’re buying online, prices are up to 50 percent below retail. Then you have the fact that is now the exclusive online retailer of CanadaMark diamonds, and there is no reason to shop anywhere else! As you can see from our photos, Canadian diamonds are considered to be among the most beautiful ethically sourced diamonds in the world. Each stone is tracked from the diamond mines in Northwest Canada to the polished gem, ensuring complete transparency. We had a little fun trying on a handful of CanadaMark diamond rings on , and they were so brilliant, sparkly, and totally stunning.

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We hope you enjoyed looking at these dream ring photos, and also took all this info to heart. There’s a lot to think about when you’re making such an important purchase that you are going to wear on your ring finger for the rest of your life. Luckily, makes it easy with their beautiful CanadaMark stones and the rest of their inventory.

Which one of the rings in the photos is your personal favorite?

Let us know in the comments!

XO Team LC


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