Conflict diamonds are old news. What about conflict sapphires?

On the contrary! What an excellent collection of links and and commentary; I sincerely appreciate it. :slight_smile:

I’m not in the market for any rock at all, to be fair, and was simply looking for anything at all that mentioned the not-at-all-sin-free nature of other gemstones. Thank you so much for your knowlege.

I came in to mention “blood emeralds” but was beaten to the punch. There is tons of info about them- google “emerald mining torture” and you’ll get about 60,000 hits.

Columbia is not a nice place, if you are working in a gem mine…