So I'm excited to find out that there's a jewelry company committed to providing conflict-free diamonds, and they also use recycled metals, which is a bonus because that would make me feel as though I were taking a step against validating the atrocities committed in past centuries in the Black Hills as well (although I don't know if anyone is still mining gold in the Black Hills anymore since Homestake closed, so it may be a moot point, but it still has symbolic significance to me). Now if anyone ever wants to give me an engagement ring I can say, "Great! Here's where I want you to buy it," and point him to the website.
It's all theoretical of course, but it is a tiny weight off my mind. I feel very strongly about this, but I'm also something of a traditionalist at heart, and it's nice to know that I could theoretically still accept a diamond ring, with all the attendant symbolism of everlasting devotion, without bearing guilt about where it came from.