Heaven & Hell. The state of the Jewellery Industry
Photo Installation & Diamond Earrings
Materials: 2 x digital prints mounted on Dibond, 800 x 450mm walnut frame, 1125 x 950mm
Right: Ethically-sourced diamonds from the Diavik Mine in Canada and 18ct Fairtrade Gold from Oro Verde Mining Cooperative in Colombia
Left: Diamonds and 18ct gold of unknown provenance
Edition 1 of 1, in private collection
Can you tell the difference? For decades now, international media has called for attention on conflict diamonds. In many African countries, diamonds continue to be linked to the abuse of human rights, insurgent groups, unscrupulous governments and the fuelling of conflict. Illicit diamonds make fabulous profits for terrorists and corporations alike. With as much clarity has a high quality stone, the jewellery industry illustrates the willingness of the world to turn away, blinded by the calming sparkle of beautiful jewels.