You've been seduced by its sparkle before. By the way it glimmers when the light catches it just so. Or how it always twinkles oh-so-brightly, as if a star has fallen from the sky and placed itself ever so sweetly upon your slim little finger. But like all sirens, it was not to be trusted, soon dashing your hopes and dreams on the treacherous rocks with its melodious yet deceptive music. And what was once a girl's best friend has become the kind of friend you fear you could do without.

But don’t dismay! You can avoid those dastardly diamonds and precious metals that so often come with conflicts in tow (i.e. using highly toxic cyanide to extract them from the surrounding earth) by delighting in the beauty of Sarah Perlis' new "In the Rough" collection. Made from both 18K and 22K recycled gold, every rough-cut diamond is also responsibly panned (not mined) from Sierra Leone.  Not to mention that they are entirely handmade and, well, just plain gorgeous. Seems like some diamonds really are forever.

Story by Alison Sherbach. This article originally appeared in Plenty in October 2008. This story was added to MNN.com.

Copyright Environ Press 2008