Jewelry For a Cause: Blood Diamond Bracelets

12/08/2006 at 03:30 PM ET

While promoting their new film Blood Diamond (opening today), the members of the cast, including Jennifer Connelly, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Djimon Hounsou, have been wearing rubber bracelets that say either “Blood Diamond” or “Clean Diamond.” After filming a movie about how so-called “conflict diamonds” financed the brutal civil war in Sierre Leone during the nineties, DiCaprio has sworn off buying diamonds, and Connelly tells PEOPLE that she recently wore Bulgari diamonds recently only “because they are certified not to be conflict diamonds. You can always ask your jeweler if a diamond is certified conflict free or ‘clean’.” The rubber bracelets help raise awareness of the human rights issue connected with diamond mining and are available for only $2 on Amnesty International’s website.

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FILED UNDER: Charity , Movie Style
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alex on

i love the rubber bracelets. i bought 4! if they were made out of wood, more money would go to producing the bracelets instead of going to support the cause.

andrea on

yeah that is true alex. i still like the rubber bracelets. i would definitely get them in order to support a cause. i guess some people are just expecting them to be all blinged out or something? i mean, i just look at what they stand for and that alone makes me want to buy them. i like the fact that if you wear these, it opens up conversation to explain what they mean. it’s really neat.

cdub on

People don’t have to swear off diamonds… Canada’s northern terrotories are producing diamonds that are not only conflict free, but provide lots of jobs in an area that traditionally has high unemployment.

Elby on

Know What You’re Looking For In A Diamond

What more fitting than displaying the one that you really love that is time to create a long life commitment by presenting her with a diamond engagement ring.After the style of diamond has been chosen, it is now time …

Angela on

A bracelet ingraved with a message that in only time will die out. Like all the the other messages this one I hope will SPEAK to people and maybe help challenge those people that want to be the change they want to see in the world. Yes that is a quote by Ghandi..Why are we letting people die for a piece of jewlery that is supposed to symolize LOVE? I think it is a great idea and has the potential of bringing back the real meaning of these precious stones!

Skyfire on

I think it is very good that someone is taking notice. conflict diamonds are disgusting and people need to be made aware of what is happening to bring them some of the beautiful diamonds that they pay so much for and treasure forever. this is a brilliant idea and i support it fully.

Michelle on

I have always disliked these bracelets, I thought they couldn’t look worse. But after one glance at these ‘blood diamond/clean diamond’ bracelets I can tell I will be buying a couple of these. I love the red, it’s a gorgeous red. Maybe it’s because I liked the movie so much but I do want to spread the awareness of conflict diamond.

Jen on

i agreee with most of the people on this page but i think that the bracelets should not be rubber because we want more people to be atracted to them and read them but so many people have the rubber bracelets now, ones that reprsent stupid things like ” go eagles” or ” softball” . so by having rubber bracelets, they are just going to blend into what the rest of the world has on their rists. on

Blood diamond.. Amazing :)

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