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Sep 19 2012

The Emmys Necklace: One Tiny Conflict-Free Diamond

By at 4:20 pm

diamondRemember my previous post? About the mezuzah I’m having designed for the Emmys? Remember my comment about “no blood diamonds please”?

Well, my mezuzah, I have been informed, will have a small diamond. But it will be perfectly… kosher! Here’s why. Turns out it’s not just left-wing social activist hippies like me who care about this stuff.

In April 2003, congress and President Bush began requiring that all US diamond retailers only buy diamonds from manufacturers who have documentation stating that their diamonds were obtained through legitimate channels. US Customs Service actively enforces it as diamonds enter our ports. It’s called the “Kimberley Process.” It is an industry-wide standard of tracking and certification which all legitimate jewelers go by.

Every supplier that North American Jewelers buys diamonds from has the following statement on every document that accompanies the goods: “The diamonds herein consumed have been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with United Nations resolutions. The seller hereby guarantees that these diamonds are conflict-free based on personal knowledge an/or written guarantees provided by the supplier of these diamonds.” This statement appears on every one of their invoices to their customers as well. They do not and would not ever buy any diamonds without this assurance.

So that’s that. In case you were wondering.

For more Emmys preparation, read how Mayim custom designed some Jewish bling for the red carpet, the simple process of choosing a dress, and which designer made the final cut.


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About Mayim

Mayim Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the mother of two young boys. She is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

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