Brilliant Earth now offers ethical origin diamonds from Botswana - a country in southern Africa known for particularly responsible management of its precious diamond resources. Ethical origin diamonds from Botswana are mined according to strict fair labor and environmental standards. Each diamond is untouched by violence and human rights abuses. In addition, Botswana uniquely harnesses its diamond wealth to foster broadly-shared prosperity. Customers choosing Botswana diamonds generate much needed revenue that is distributed to local communities for investments in education, health care, and infrastructure.
Pure origin diamonds from Botswana help to raise the standard of living in poverty-stricken portions of the country while building a more prosperous future. Nearly half of all government revenue in Botswana is generated from the diamond industry, which has allowed Botswana to institute universal primary education and to make long-term investments in infrastructure, health care, and the national university. Brilliant Earth diamond cutting partners also make direct investments in local communities. For instance, these ethical origin diamonds have funded primary schools for children of mine employees and community members. A portion of the proceeds from Brilliant Earth's Botswana diamonds are donated to a group home for neglected children, many of them orphans, in Gaborone, Botswana.
Brilliant Earth Botswana diamonds are carefully mined and processed to promote environmental sustainability and protect the ecosystem of the Kalahari Desert. To preserve and sustain the natural surroundings, environmental risks are minimized and frequent monitoring of land, air, and water is conducted. The mines are committed to conserving water in the dry Kalahari climate, as well as reducing the impact on the vast array of wildlife in the region. Leased mining lands support local flora and fauna by protecting areas for endangered species, such as cheetahs and rhinos. The mines are certified as ISO 14001 compliant, which independently verifies they adhere to comprehensive international environmental management standards and monitoring.
Brilliant Earth Botswana diamonds are generating thousands of local jobs and helping to distribute income to impoverished members of the community. Additionally, employees earn fair wages and enjoy safe working conditions. The mines we partner with prioritize workplace safety, and as a result, injuries to mine workers are rare and occur at even lower rates than at mines in the United States and Australia. Lastly, the mines offer outreach and special services for particular medical conditions. The most pressing health and safety risk to workers is the high rate of HIV infection in Botswana. To combat HIV, mines run HIV prevention programs and offer free antiretroviral drugs.
At Brilliant Earth, we ensure that every one of our Botswana diamonds is mined, cut, and polished according to responsible labor and environmental standards. Each diamond is carefully tracked from the mine to final delivery to ensure they are not tainted by violence or other human rights abuses. Brilliant Earth diamonds minimize environmental impacts and promote the well-being of workers and communities.All of our ethically sourced diamonds come with a Certificate of Origin that guarantees their ethical origin in accordance with fair trade principles and environmentally responsible management practices.
We are excited to introduce our collection of Botswana diamonds, which are available in numerous sizes and quality ranges.