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Posted on February 14, 2017

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Fashion

When I think about Valentine’s day my mind jumps to a few specific things. Chocolate of course, because who doesn’t enjoy sweet things from hopefully someone that’s just as sweet. Wine, because it is five o’clock somewhere and everyday deserves a toast. I can’t forget about the cards, dinners, and flowers, my favorite being english roses. The joy they bring when someone has them delivered right to your front door. Lastly but surely not the least I think of diamonds and the lucky ones whose diamonds are accompanied with heartfelt proposals.

I can’t think of anything more exciting than receiving a little shiny something in a box. If you’re anything like me, a girl who loves a little sparkle, I’m sure you’d agree.This valentine’s day when you think about love why not think about diamonds as an expression of love. The plus side to that is that a beautiful diamond never goes out of style.

I must admit I am a bit of a hopeful romantic. Yes, hopeful not hopeless which is why I love valentine’s day so much. Maybe I will get to open up something extra special from a secret admirer or one of my galentines. Chocolates or flowers, either will do.

One of my favorite things to do growing up was to give out valentines at school. Diamonds may have been a little too much for me to give to a class of my peers. My excitement was in the smile I put on someone’s face when they opened their card.

Then there are the proposals! How can one think about valentine’s day and not think about the the millions, yes millions, of couples each year who decide to say I love you forever with a sparkly, bright, shiny diamond. Each proposal unique from the other. Each diamond even more beautiful because of the meaning behind it. Each love celebrating a new beautiful beginning.

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Much like how diamonds play a major role in those special valentine’s day proposal stories, if you dig a little deeper your diamond may even play a bigger role in someone’s life story. Programs supported by members of the diamond industry develop and empower people living and working in diamond communities around the world. For instance, Brilliant Earth, the online jewelry and engagement ring destination, supports the Diamond Development Initiatives Mobile School Program in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the DRC 1 in 4 children don’t have access to formal education. Through the Mobile School program, traveling teachers and portable materials are brought to mining communities for a condensed school year. These communities are in remote locations where children, particularly girls, would not otherwise have access to education. With the help of Brilliant Earth, these young girls are learning to shine bright like a diamond. What a beautiful example of love.

When you give that special someone a little red box or maybe tiffany blue remember diamonds really do last forever. For more inspiring stories of how diamonds positively impact people around the world visit DiamondsDoGood.com.

xoxo,

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  • Reply Tamsin February 24, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I think it’s important to try support companies like this, and help give back where possible.

  • Reply Oksana February 17, 2017 at 9:09 am

    This is a topic that I feel like needs to be discussed far more than it really is, but then again, where’s that fine line? If we start scrutinizing every industry like we do the diamond industry, chances are we’ll be appalled at what we find. Definitely a morally conflicting situation, and I so appreciate you sharing your thoughts on it.

  • Reply rachael phillips February 17, 2017 at 5:51 am

    what a lovely story, it’s really important for companies to give back to areas they (for want of a better word) invade for these products. really great!

  • Reply The London Mum February 16, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Making sure the sourcing of diamonds is done in the best way possible is so important I think and being able to see children benefit is amazing.

  • Reply Seersucker Sass February 16, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Oh wow! It is so good to read this. I know that the diamond industry can be questionable, so it’s great to read about a company that is ethical and doing their part to make the world a better place.

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  • Reply Whatlauraloves February 16, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I love to hear of companies giving back and think that its so important to make sure that products, materials and food supplies are ethically sourced xxx

  • Reply Sarahjane Wood February 16, 2017 at 6:44 am

    This is so inspiring! Yet another reason to love diamonds!

  • Reply Penelope February 16, 2017 at 6:40 am

    What a fantastic project being done by Brilliant Earth, when we got my engagement ring we made sure to get an ethically sourced diamond – I wonder if it was one of theirs.

  • Reply Amanda February 15, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    This is such an inspiring post. Its sad to think some children may not have access to education, but I love hearing about programs that do help children like this. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply Rachel February 15, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    This is such a beautiful and inspiring story, It’s lovely to hear what Brilliant Earth are doing xo

  • Reply Mr Luke Christian February 15, 2017 at 11:56 am

    This is so inspiring and such a lovely post!!

  • Reply MELANIE EDJOURIAN February 15, 2017 at 9:24 am

    It sounds like Brilliant Earth are doing a great job of helping others with proceeds from sales. I think that helps encourage people to purchase from these sorts of companies rather than those that are just after profits.

  • Reply Lianne February 15, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Brilliant Earth sounds great, definitely a great example of love! 🙂

  • Reply Tanya Brannan February 15, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I loved reading your post. It is as important to find out if your gemstones are ethically sourced as it is your clothing and food stuffs. It is so good to hear of companies giving back to the communities in which they operate too x

  • Reply Jodie February 15, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I did give valentine’s day card at school. The guy humilated me though telling everyone i must have sent it. Less said… on a positive note, it is always nice to hear of goodwill from businesses; doesn’t happen nearly enough! x

  • Reply Agata February 15, 2017 at 5:56 am

    I used to love V-Day as a kid too… Valentines cards for all my friends and boyfriends :-)… ooo there were the times 😉

  • Reply Ashley Mason February 15, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Handing out valentines at school when I was younger was one of my favorite things to do!

  • Reply Rhian Westbury February 15, 2017 at 1:47 am

    When I used to work in a jewellers it was so great to help guys pick out engagement rings especially around valentines day. Personally, I wouldn’t want to get proposed to at Valentine’s day but I understand why some people do it x

  • Reply Stephanie Merry February 15, 2017 at 1:44 am

    What a lovely post – it’s so nice to hear of a diamond company giving back x

  • Reply Jemma February 14, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    This is such a great post. I love hearing about companies giving back.

  • Reply Greta February 14, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    This is so informative! Love that this company is giving back.

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Reply Meenal Ranka February 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Such a beautiful post and informative too. Enjoyed the read

  • Reply Cameron February 14, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Such a nice post. A great way to treat yourself and be kind to others. Love it!

    | diaryofasouthernmillennial.com

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus February 14, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    It is lovely that Brilliant earth helps give back to the people who make our dreams happen with diamonds. So sad that they are suffering xx

  • Reply Marie Ernst February 14, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    So inspiring! And those children look precious. I never knew this much about diamonds before!

  • Reply hannah February 14, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this, it’s very informative too x

  • Reply Sarah Bailey February 14, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I think that we should all do a bit of research and find out what companies support programs like this and give our business to companies who give back to the communities where their products come from. If I have the choice of buying a diamond from a company supports programs like this or one that doesn’t I am definitely going to buy from the one who supports the programs x

  • Reply Danasia February 14, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    It’s nice to see a diamond company giving back! What a great post.

  • Reply emma white February 14, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    aw what a beautiful post and it’s very disheartening to think there are still so many children out there not given the opportunity of something so important as education

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