Published at Tuesday, 24 September 2019. Wedding Ring. By Françoise Monty.
And, not all male royals are seen without a ring on their fingers. According to a report by the BBC, Prince William’s father, Prince Charles wears a wedding ring as a mark of his second marriage to the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla. Prince Andrew, Duke of York also wore one before his divorce and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, still has one on his finger.
Due to the belief that a diamond engagement ring was a calming agent between man and wife, it was recommended as the stone to be set in wedding or engagement rings – not because of its beauty. It was described by Isidore of Seville as a small stone devoid of beauty. When you see a rough diamond, it could be easily mistaken for a piece of sea glass that has been roughened up by the waves on a beach for years.
In many areas of Africa, revolutionary groups have taken over some of the diamond mines using proceeds to finance their illegal operations. These diamonds are referred to as conflict diamonds or blood diamonds. The United Nations instituted a system of controlling diamonds that were taken from these groups by insisting that all of the legal diamonds must be accompanied by a certificate of sale as they moved through the system but the system has not worked well. Today, these blood diamonds total less than 2% of the overall market share.
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