Kudos to Ian for pointing out this story on Wired.
It's been a thing of mine for the past 5 years or so, since learning about De Beers and blood diamonds, that I will never buy another mined diamond. In fact, just today I asked Ian if he would be truly offended if I had the diamond in my ring replaced with something less offensive. If only I'd known 8 years ago what I know now, I would have veered from the norm and chosen something offbeat and easier on the conscience. Perhaps when we make it to Africa we will find something stunning, and have the talented local jewelers set it into my band.
These companies just might revolutionize the diamond world. Let's encourage them however we can.
[If the term "blood diamond" caught you off guard, I strongly suggest you do a search of that term, or "conflict diamonds." It'll open your eyes.]