15 February 2007

friedman's jewelers bellevue here i come...

so yesterday was after all valentine's day and i suppose that thousands of my fellow countrymen did the unimmaginative thing and bought their "honey" some sort of diamond this or that...i mean REALLY, could you be anymore of a square peg than to do THAT???

or is it that your relationship with your significant other is about him/her being bought by your thoughtless generosity??? (did you hear the guy on ATC yesterday who was stuck in o'hare but said, "i sent her the roses so at least i did what i was supposed to,"...

that is so ROMANTIC dude! ...but i digress, what i wanted to talk to you about is where those god awful diamonds come from (no, not a supernova - that was a different ATC story) and what it often takes to get them here...

yes i'm talking about those DAMN BLOODY DIAMONDS again so get over it...do you not think that conflict diamonds whose war fuelers conscript 10 year old boy soldiers and pay for their campaign with those DAMN BLOODY DIAMONDS should just get over it??? really??? well you selfish little p******...

seriously, get a life, and by get a life i mean research the DAMN DIAMONDS first to see if they're BLOODY or not ... is that so much to ask???

here's the deal...trade in blood diamonds continues to be a problem, as conflict diamonds from west and central africa continue to reach international markets, including the united states, the world’s largest consumer of diamonds...the kimberley process and the clean diamond trade act were established to stop the trade in conflict diamonds; however, implementation is less than fully effective, as both government oversight and diamond industry self-regulation remain incomplete...

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...on your marks, get set, go...........

1. Get Ready. Check out www.blooddiamondaction.org and build your knowledge of the issue.

You can conduct this survey individually or identify local and student groups in your area that might be interested in participating. A planning meeting can helpful in dividing up roles and responsibilities.

Search online or use a phone book to compile a list of local jewelers in your area. Try starting with the following major U.S. diamond retailers:
Costco Fred Meyer Jewelers Friedmans Jewelers J.C. Penny Co Kay Jewelers K’s Merchandise Kmart Kohl’s Macy’s Saks Fifth Avenue Samuels Jewelers Sears, Roebuck, & Co Target TJ Maxx Ultra Diamonds Wal-Mart Whitehall Jewelers Zales

2. Conduct Surveys. Send 1-3 people to visit or phone each retailer. Request to speak to the store manager and then ask the following four questions:

1. How can I be sure that none of your jewelry contains conflict diamonds?

2. What is your primary source for diamond jewelry?

3. Can I see a copy of your company's policy on conflict diamonds and/or a written guarantee from your suppliers that your diamonds are conflict-free?

4. How often do consumers ask you about conflict diamonds?

3. Report your Findings.

Complete the online survey below or mail written surveys to:

Mid-Atlantic Regional Office
Amnesty International USA
600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

now is that so freakin' hard??? well do it any way - stephen colbert whispered in my ear that you should...

peace out <3

1 comment:

Den said...

Is there a woman in the world who does not love jewelry? It is not always possible to afford expensive jewelry items but even those that are cheap can still look good. Zales Jewelers is a retailer of fine jewelry. I learned about it from www.pissedconsumer.com. It is a great site for you to learn about the company, its products, as well as customer feed backs.