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Blue Nile, a US-based online jeweler, has blacklisted diamonds from Zimbabwe due to alleged human rights abuses in Marange, according to a local news report.
The Bain Capital subsidiary stated on its website that it was committed to ensuring that the highest ethical standards are observed when sourcing diamonds and jewelry. 
“Because of the reported human rights abuses in Zimbabwe's Marange diamond district, Blue Nile will not purchase or offer diamonds from that area,” it said.
“As a responsible member of the diamond and jewelry industry, we are working with our suppliers to ensure our consumers receive only the finest goods procured from ethical sources.”
Rights groups that met last week at the Kimberley Process (KP) reform meetings in Mumbai, India pushed for Zimbabwean diamonds to be classified as “conflict diamonds” and barred from world markets. 
The Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) also appealed to the UN last April to classify Zimbabwean stones as “blood diamonds”.  
Tiffany’s said at the time that it will not buy diamonds from Zimbabwe.  
State-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company is planning to boost its output this year to 4.1 million carats from 2.8 million carats in 2018.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished