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10,000 Children May Be Fighting in Diamond-Fueled Conflict

Jewelry News | Mon, Jan 12, 2015

If you’ve ever seen the movie Blood Diamond, you may remember the depiction of child soldiers—the gangs of boys converted into machine-gun toting killers. The war takes place in Sierra Leone, the location of one of the worst blood diamond wars in ...

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The Good and the Bad Jewelry News of 2014

Jewelry News | Wed, Dec 31, 2014

Was 2014 a good or a bad year for the issues that we care about at Brilliant Earth? Like most years, the story was mixed. But we think it’s important for jewelry consumers to know both the good and the bad. So let’s have a brief look at some of the ...

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Three Lessons Learned From Dodd-Frank

Jewelry News | Tue, Dec 30, 2014

Scholars understand that there’s a close link between the presence of natural resources, such diamonds and gold, and tragic civil wars. As the economist Paul Krugman has written in his New York Times column, one of the best predictors of war “is the ...

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Nobel Prize Medals Are Made of Gold. But From Where?

Jewelry News | Mon, Dec 15, 2014

The annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony was held last Wednesday in Oslo’s city hall. This year’s recipients are two children’s rights activists: Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi from India. With royalty and dignitaries looking on, ...

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5 Ways to Give Back While Holiday Shopping

Jewelry News | Fri, Dec 5, 2014

The holiday season is a wonderful time for giving to our loved ones and for giving back to individuals and communities in need. As you shop this holiday season, we wanted to share with you what we’re doing to give back, plus suggest some other ways ...

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A Simple Way to Stop Blood Diamonds

Jewelry News | Tue, Dec 2, 2014

This holiday season, the diamond jewelry world is back in a familiar spot. Once again, diamonds are driving a conflict in Africa. Once again, the diamond industry is failing to stop blood diamonds from entering the global diamond supply. When will ...

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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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