Does Diamond Mining Hurt the Environment?

While certain sellers of lab-grown diamonds now claim that diamond mining is ecologically damaging, activists say that isn't true of all types of mining. GreenKarat.com, which sells synthetic stones, declares on its Web site that diamond mining creates “environmental devastation” and suggests it be “phased out.” But Ian Smillie, of the nongovernmental organization Partnership Africa Canada, says not all types of mining create environmental hazards. “The newer kimberlite mines have huge environmental assessments and protection in place,” he says. “I am thinking of the ones in the Canadian Arctic, where the ecosystems are fragile. Some environmentalists would like more regulation, but the situation is very closely watched. Someone called the mining there 'an environmental project with some diamond mining on the side.'” He adds: “I suppose the older mines around the
JCK PRO

This content is exclusive to JCK Pro subscribers. Subscribe now to access this and much more with discount code GOPRO21 for $199 for an entire year of access (reg. $249).

SUBSCRIBE TO CONTINUE

Already a JCK Pro? Log in

A JCK Pro subscription is your all-access pass to people and resources on the
cutting edge of the retail jewelry industry, from the industry authority you
know and trust

Learn about the Perks of JCK Pro

Log Out

Are you sure you want to log out?

CancelLog out