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Serious issues continue to plague the jewelry industry. Discover the human and environmental cost of irresponsible mining for diamonds, gold, and colored gemstones.

Top ten reasons to care

Irresponsible mining practices have led to immense human suffering and environmental devastation. Violence, war, poverty, pollution, poor working conditions, and corruption are all too common. Discover the top ten reasons why we and so many others care about the practices behind precious metals and gemstones. Learn more »

Conflict Diamond Issues

Diamond mining has a devastating history of human rights abuses, poor labor standards, and environmental degradation. Current regulations certify diamonds associated with these atrocities as conflict free as long as they do not fund civil wars, which fails to address these ongoing abuses. Understand the issues impacting the diamond industry today. Learn more »

Gold Mining Issues

Dirty gold mining leaves massive amounts of poisonous mercury, cyanide, and rubble in its wake. In fact, gold mining is the world's leading cause of man-made mercury pollution. Weak gold mining regulation and corporate agendas have contributed to civil wars, human rights abuses, and the widespread displacement of indigenous communities. Learn more »

Colored Gemstone Issues

Corruption and a lack of oversight permits colored gemstones associated with unethical practices to enter global markets. Child labor and dangerous working conditions plague the sapphire industry, and those living in gem-rich regions rarely benefit from the value of their natural resources. Discover how colored gemstone mining supports violent military regimes and contributes to ecological devastation. Learn more »

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