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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enigma on

A beautiful man sporting a beautiful cause…..perfect!

regina on

it might be for a good cause, but i am so sick of this rubber bracelets already. they look cheap and are not a sign of style. somebody come up with another idea, pls!

Kay on

I happen to think that purchasing something for a good cause is ALWAYS stylish. Also the point of doing the rubber bracelets is so that people like me (and most of us) who have a limited budget, can purchase them and have a part in raising funds for a GREAT cause.

ZANELLA on

He is a STRIKING GOODLOOKING MAN .

PRECIOUS ADELEYE on

I THINK THEY ARE WONDERFUL

spaz on

i agree with regina

Gigi on

I think they’re great. I saw the film and am going to buy them to give to my friends, Djimon models it well!!! Right on Amnesty!

Lara on

I disagree with Regina – they look great on everyone and it’s good to know that people care about a good cause.

Lara on

I disagree with Regina. I think they look great on everyone and it’s good to know people care about a great cause.

Jessica on

These bracelets are absolutely wonderful! I already own four! It is excellent that people like Djimon Hounsou are working for such an important cause. It is also great that he stars in a movie that will support the end to blood diamonds. I have already seen “Blood Diamond” and I encourage you to do the same. It was completely moving and truly will change your whole outlook. I cannot express my feelings about how great these bracelets are and how thrilled I am that others are learning about the issue. A piece of jewelry can honestly change lives, whether it is in a positive way or a negative way. Help make it a positive way by purchasing a bracelet!

Jessica on

These bracelets are absolutely wonderful! I already own four! It is excellent that people like Djimon Hounsou are working for such an important cause. It is also great that he stars in a movie that will support the end to blood diamonds. I have already seen “Blood Diamond” and I encourage you to do the same. It was completely moving and truly will change your whole outlook. I cannot express my feelings about how great these bracelets are and how thrilled I am that others are learning about the issue. A piece of jewelry can honestly change lives, whether it is in a positive way or a negative way. Help make it a positive way by purchasing a bracelet!

andrea on

i agree with kay.

i mean, my gosh, if you don’t want to buy them because you think they’re not stylish enough then don’t buy them! .. but if you actually want to put your heart into something and be a supporter then you would buy them no matter what. i mean, what are you expecting them to look like anyway? .. a charm bracelet like everything else? they’re different. they’re meaningful. they’re cheap. what more can you ask for?

hoogee on

Good idea. I like that Lance Armstrong left a mark on the rubber-bracelet fashion world raising cancer awareness. There’s nothing wrong with that though.

Ness on

I think that asking the people who want your sale whether or not their diamonds are conflict free is half-brained. No diamonds are guarenteed to be conflict free – certification or no.

Bonnie on

I am a Director at Amnesty International in Los Angeles. Since these bracelets were announced, we have been swamped with orders. These orders have been coming in from around the US as well as Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. Whether people are buying them to support our work or because they like the film, we at Amnesy are very grateful to the public and to People.com. With it’s millions of readers, the message about the bracelets, the film and our work will reach international community.

Michele on

I think the plastic stretchy braclettes are out-dated…with the words “strength”, “cool”, “happy” on them etc. I do think that this one actually means something. A pin is nice too to wear, but who likes poking their favourite shirts? Maybe these bracelettes just need to made out of other material, something more long-lasting. But I’d buy this one. I like red too.

andrea on

while i’m a fan of these type of bracelets, i was thinking (call me crazy).. but i think they would be cool made out of wood. of course then people may protest over that, lol. ah well, such is life. i think it would look awesome though.

j on

give me a break!

kerrie on

I just went to see the movie on Saturday. It was the most powerful film I have seen. I am ashamed at how ignorant I was on third world issues. I have three daughters and I want them to be more aware. The torture these children go through to just make it through a day is so profound in the film. The one thing I took away from it, is some people put too much on their items rather than their children. In this movie it showed that nothing meant more to this man than his children. You walk away from the film with an awareness and a message to love your children more than your things. Buy the bracelet and support this cause.

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.

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

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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.

stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com on

Blood diamond.. Amazing :)

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