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Brilliant Earth Funds Schooling for Young African Leader

Jewelry News | Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Building a more ethical diamond industry is going to take leadership—from people around the world, but especially from within Africa. Indeed, history shows that without good leadership, diamonds can set countries back rather than help them leap ...

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Five “Blood” Products Other Than Diamonds

Jewelry News | Wed, Apr 16, 2014

People are increasingly becoming aware of an unfortunate fact: many diamonds have histories of bloodshed and exploitation. In Africa, civil wars fueled by “blood” or “conflict” diamonds have claimed an estimated 3.7 million lives. Diamond mining is ...

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The Four Main Kinds of Blood Diamonds

Jewelry News | Mon, Mar 31, 2014

What are “blood” diamonds? How often are diamonds linked to violence or exploitation? The answers to these questions aren’t as straightforward as you might think. Everything depends on the definition. In fact, when it comes to blood diamonds, there ...

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Diamonds the Heart of the Matter in CAR Conflict

Jewelry News | Thu, Mar 27, 2014

In 2000, a non-profit group called Partnership Africa Canada issued a path-breaking report on the brutal civil war in Sierra Leone. It titled its report “The Heart of the Matter” after Graham Greene’s 1948 novel of the same name. The heart of the ...

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Mr. Kristof, Why Not Take a Jewelry Tour?

Jewelry News | Tue, Mar 18, 2014

Dear Mr. Kristof,   We’re big fans of your “Win a Trip” contest for college and graduate students. In your New York Times column on Sunday, you announced that this year’s contest winner is Nicole Sganga, a junior at Notre Dame. You asked for ...

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To Restore Olympic Shine, Start with the Medals

Jewelry News | Fri, Mar 7, 2014

It’s now clearer than ever that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made a dubious decision when it put Vladimir Putin in a position to host the Winter Olympics. Putin used the Games to bolster his reputation in Russia—all while blanketing ...

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Amazon Gold Mines Rely on Forced Child Labor

Jewelry News | Tue, Feb 25, 2014

When he was 16, a teenager in Peru named Oscar decided to take a job at a gold mining camp in the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon. Oscar’s cousin had convinced him to take the job, telling him that he would be paid in valuable chunks of ...

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Belgium Gets Unethical Diamonds for Valentine’s Day

Jewelry News | Fri, Feb 14, 2014

A year ago around Valentine’s Day, the rights group Global Witness warned against efforts by Belgium to lift European sanctions on Zimbabwean diamonds. It noted then that a “love triangle” had developed between Belgian diamond dealers, the Belgian ...

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CVS Decision Shows Value of Responsible Retail

Jewelry News | Fri, Feb 7, 2014

CVS’s announcement on Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products has drawn lot of praise. Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, called the decision “an unprecedented step in the retail ...

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PBS Investigates Dangers of Underwater Gold Mining

Jewelry News | Mon, Feb 3, 2014

Artisanal gold mining, the kind of gold mining done by independent gold miners, is a very dangerous job. Miners can be sickened by exposure to dust or injured by hauling heavy ore. They can be killed in mine collapses or landslides. And gold miners ...

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