The children working in these mines carry 50-60kg of gravel from mines to workplaces, where they then pan the gravel to look for tiny diamonds. Conflicts in these regions have meant that violence is playing an increasingly large role in the industry, with rebel forces controlling mines and selling diamonds to fund arms.
Lydia McCarthy-Keen, founder and CEO,
“I have been there and know first-hand how tricky it can be to feel completely certain that a ring you are interested in is really going to be the right one for you. It's how I got into the diamond industry, after my husband and I felt disappointed with the quality and ethics of the engagement ring we feel we were wrongly sold”.