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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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EPA Report: Gold Mine Could Devastate Alaskan Salmon

Jewelry News | Tue, Jan 28, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a report showing that a proposed gold and copper mine in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska could be disastrous for the word’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and the people who depend on it. The ...

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Intel Goes Conflict Free: Now Can Anyone Top That?

Jewelry News | Mon, Jan 27, 2014

Whether it’s self-driving cars or wearable computers, consumer tech companies are all racing to launch the next generation of revolutionary gadgets. But they’re also locked in a steady race to improve the quality of existing products. It wasn’t long ...

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How Brilliant Earth Got 500,000 Likes on Facebook

Jewelry News | Wed, Jan 22, 2014

  Brilliant Earth reached an exciting milestone in 2013. The number of fans who have liked our Facebook page climbed past 500,000. The more than half a million members of our Facebook community—605,940 as of today—are proof that our movement for ...

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Diamond Companies in Zimbabwe Pollute Rivers

Jewelry News | Wed, Jan 22, 2014

The people in the semi-arid Marange district of eastern Zimbabwe depend on the  Odzi and Save rivers for drinking water and agriculture. During the past few years, though, the rivers became muddy and dirty. Cattle died and people bathing in the ...

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Talking Strategy in the War on Poverty

Jewelry News | Fri, Jan 17, 2014

Our social mission at Brilliant Earth is partly about stopping abuses tied to jewelry. We’re against the violence that plagues diamond and gold mining. We’re against dangerous working conditions and child labor. We’re against environmental ...

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A Closer Look at the Effect of Lower Gold Prices

Jewelry News | Sat, Jan 11, 2014

Earlier this week, I posted a blog on the nearly 30 percent drop in gold prices in 2013. That blog argued that lower gold prices are generally good for two reasons. First, they reduce the total amount of gold mining, which reduces pollution. Second, ...

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Why Gold Price Drop Increases Influence of Jewelry Consumers

Jewelry News | Tue, Jan 7, 2014

The price of gold fell dramatically during the past year. Gold dropped from $1658 per ounce to just over $1200. The 28 percent decline was the biggest since 1981.   Although gold investors might not be happy, lower gold prices are good for two ...

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