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Angola, a Source of Blood Diamonds, to Police Diamond Trade

Jewelry News | Mon, Nov 24, 2014

In the fight against blood diamonds, there are currently three main problem spots. There’s the Central African Republic, where a diamond-fueled conflict has claimed 5000 lives. There’s Angola, where the army and private security firms have been ...

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UN Says Blood Diamonds Are Flowing from the Central African Republic

Jewelry News | Tue, Nov 11, 2014

When the certification system that is supposed to stop blood diamonds put a ban on gems from the Central African Republic last year, everyone in the diamond industry knew that the ban had little chance of working. Previous bans on blood diamonds from ...

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Ghost Miners Haunt Mines in South Africa

Jewelry News | Thu, Oct 30, 2014

Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, there is proof of something close: what South Africans call “ghost miners.” These men and women, who are real flesh and blood, haunt the gold mines of South Africa. Because they often remain underground for weeks ...

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Jewelry Industry Should Invest in Diamond Diggers, DDI Leader Says

Jewelry News | Tue, Oct 21, 2014

There are about a million artisanal diamond diggers in Africa who live in extreme poverty. For the last century they’ve been mostly forgotten, left to toil in dangerous pits while barely earning enough to eat. But now a group based in Ottawa is ...

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Brilliant Earth Purchases Will Help Fight Ebola

Jewelry News | Mon, Oct 13, 2014

Every day, it’s becoming clearer that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa needs a much stronger global response. Brilliant Earth wants to help. Today through October 26 we will donate $25 to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) for every customer ...

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Why Aren’t Diamonds Sold Like Wine?

Jewelry News | Thu, Oct 9, 2014

If you’ve ever been to a wine tasting, you know that a lot of the fun is in the guessing game. Tasters are served a series of wines, or a flight, without first being told a country of origin, vineyard, or year for each wine. After the flight, the ...

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Villagers Evicted By Diamond Companies Go Hungry

Jewelry News | Tue, Sep 30, 2014

They once lived on top of some of the world’s richest diamond fields. They were evicted. Now they are unemployed and starving.   To be sure, worse has happened in Zimbabwe’s diamond industry. In 2008, the Zimbabwean army seized control of newly ...

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Diamonds vs. Sapphires: Which Are More Ethical?

Jewelry News | Tue, Sep 16, 2014

When deciding on a center gem, it’s common for jewelry shoppers to think: “I don’t want to buy a blood diamond, so maybe I’ll get a sapphire.” At Brilliant Earth, we’re thrilled whenever people make an effort to buy jewelry responsibly. It speaks ...

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My Dream of Powering Africa

Jewelry News | Tue, Sep 9, 2014

Fortune Zindi, from Zimbabwe, is a May 2014 graduate of the African Leadership Academy (ALA), a leadership training school in South Africa. He is the recipient of a scholarship from ALA funded by Brilliant Earth.    “Final exams are around the ...

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Gold Mine in British Columbia Spills Toxic Sludge

Jewelry News | Fri, Sep 5, 2014

It’s being called one of the biggest environmental disasters in Canada in decades. A dam built to hold toxic waste burst last month at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in British Columbia. Thousands of Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of gray ...

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