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Brazil, the Land of Sun, Samba, Soccer…and Diamonds

Jewelry News | Mon, Jun 16, 2014

  Every country that hosts the World Cup brings a unique flavor to the world’s most popular sporting event. This year, one reason why there’s so much buzz about the World Cup is its location in Brazil—the land of sun, samba, and soccer. But from ...

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Police End Human Blockade Against Gold Mine

Jewelry News | Fri, Jun 6, 2014

Gold mines can be fought in many ways—with consumer action, with legal challenges, with protests. For more than two years, the people living near the El Tambor mine in Guatemala did it by forming a human roadblock. Their marathon-like protest  began ...

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Enough Project: To Stop Blood Diamonds, Start at Trading Hubs

Jewelry News | Tue, May 27, 2014

The diamond supply chain is so long and complex that keeping conflict diamonds out of it is a daunting challenge. All along the way, conflict diamonds can enter the flow, much like dirty storm runoff can enter a river at multiple, shifting points. So ...

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State Department Warns About Fake Diamond Certificates

Jewelry News | Tue, May 20, 2014

The U.S. Department of State issued a warning recently that criminals are gaming the system that is supposed to protect consumers from buying blood diamonds. The announcement is just the latest example of how that system, called the Kimberley Process ...

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A Mother’s Day Wish to End Child Labor

Jewelry News | Sun, May 11, 2014

Marriage is about the love and commitment between two people. But for lots of couples, marriage also provides a foundation for having children.   Mother’s Day, therefore, is a great chance to point out one of the great paradoxes of the diamond ...

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San Francisco Jeweler Brilliant Earth

Jewelry News | Tue, May 6, 2014

Do you live near San Francisco, or will you be visiting soon?  Then you should know that in addition to being the biggest online source of ethically sourced fine jewelry, Brilliant Earth is also a brick-and-mortar San Francisco jeweler. Where is ...

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An Open Letter to George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

Jewelry News | Fri, May 2, 2014

When we heard this week that George Clooney had proposed to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin we were so happy to read that the stunning engagement ring he chose for her contains an ethically sourced diamond. There’s no word so far on where he ...

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UN Lifts Ban on Côte d’Ivoire’s Diamonds

Jewelry News | Thu, May 1, 2014

The United Nations (UN) Security Council voted on Tuesday to lift a ban on diamond exports from Côte d’Ivoire. The ban was put in place in 2005, after it became evident that rebels in the country’s north were financing themselves through the diamond ...

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Why It’s Important to Choose Recycled Platinum

Jewelry News | Mon, Apr 28, 2014

When it comes to the environment, gold mining is about as harmful as it gets. Gold mining so heavily scars the landscape and creates so much pollution that communities from Alaska to Costa Rica are saying no to new gold mines. The environmental ...

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Interview with Mark Freudenberger, Artisanal Diamond Expert

Jewelry News | Wed, Apr 23, 2014

I had the privilege recently to talk with Mark Freudenberger, who heads an innovative project called Property Rights and Artisanal Diamond Development (PRADD) II. The idea of PRADD II is to reduce conflict, promote development, and protect the ...

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