By Alicia Oltuski
Author of Precious Objects
Diamonds are an archetypal Valentine's Day gift. They seem almost as integral to the seasonal landscape as chocolates and the color red, and go along well with the timely trend of giving gifts that signify love and romance. This winter, though, the diamond industry is in a state of distress. A number of activists and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) harbor doubts about the Kimberley Process, the world's diamond monitoring system. Here's what it means for you and your loved one.
What Is the Kimberley Process?
The Kimberley Process was established in 2002 in response to the presence of conflict diamonds.
Global Witness Bids Adieu
On Dec. 5, the well-known NGO Global Witness, an "official Observer" of the Process, released a statement declaring its resignation from the group. Prior to the birth of the Kimberley Process, Global Witness had played a crucial part in publicizing the existence of blood diamonds.