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Chandeliers probably aren’t high on the list of things you’re really worried about recycling. But perhaps you’d sport used ceiling furnishings in the name of fashion? And what if they were really sparkly, to boot? Eda & Betty—a vintage jewelry company whose various lines carry glam titles like Benefit Wear, Romance in the City, and Baubles, Brooches, and Bracelets—acquires and unstrings old chandeliers and uses the tear drop crystal beads to make these fabulous, draping necklaces. It’s not the most aggressively eco purchase we’ve ever recommended, but reusing chandeliers is a heck of a lot better than buying new jewelry, or (worse) blood diamonds. Plus, you’ll never know whose chandelier you’re wearing – very 19th century romance. Prices range from $74-$300; www.edaandbetty.com.

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How do I know that the diamond I buy is conflict free?

If the seller does not have the stone in stock and is selling a diamond from over seas, how can I be sure the diamond is conflict free?

If seller claims that the stone is from a legitimate source, but the stone has no paper work showing where the diamond came from. Could this be a Blood diamond?

I have been told that the majority of conflict diamonds originate from Liberia and Sierra Leone is this correct ?

If I buy a diamond from one of these countries should I get proof that it is conflict free or benefiting the people in those countries?

How can I be sure that the seller claiming to help the people of these war torn countries, is not exploiting the situation for their own profit?

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