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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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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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