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On Human Rights Day, Linking Blood Diamonds and Human Rights

Jewelry News | Tue, Dec 10, 2013

It is fitting that today, as dignitaries gather in South Africa to mark the life of Nelson Mandela, the world is also celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.   The United Nations issued the declaration on ...

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From Miner to Lover, Five Facets of Nelson Mandela

Jewelry News | Mon, Dec 9, 2013

Nelson Mandela’s passing has prompted an outpouring of tributes and remembrances. People everywhere are mourning Mandela’s loss and celebrating his life and legacy. They are also puzzling over what his life has to teach us.   So many words have ...

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Tungsten, a Conflict Mineral, May Carry Health Risks Too

Jewelry News | Tue, Dec 3, 2013

A metal called tungsten already has gained a tarnished reputation for contributing to a civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But now, scientists believe there might be a new reason to be wary of tungsten: exposure to the metal may increase ...

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On Swiss Chocolate, Conflict Minerals, and Corporate Pillage

Jewelry News | Sat, Nov 30, 2013

Everyone knows some of the main differences between the United States and Switzerland. Americans play football with their hands while the Swiss play it with their feet. Americans love chocolate but the Swiss are crazy about it; they consume more than ...

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Blood Diamond Watchdog May Stay Weak for Years

Jewelry News | Tue, Nov 26, 2013

For anyone feeling disappointed about how Obama’s second term is going, there might be a remedy. They should try following the Kimberley Process (KP), the international diamond certification scheme. At a meeting held last week in South Africa, the KP ...

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Obama Administration Crushes Six Tons of Illegal Ivory

Jewelry News | Wed, Nov 20, 2013

Here’s a startling story: the Obama administration last week fed about six tons of ivory into a rock crushing machine. To mark the occasion, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held a public ceremony at a wildlife refuge near Denver. A small crowd ...

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Ten “Blood” Products Other Than Diamonds

Jewelry News | Fri, Nov 15, 2013

Diamonds aren’t the only kind of natural resource often tainted by bloodshed and abuse. Natural resources frequently cause more trouble than they’re worth, which is why people often speak of a “resource curse.” In fact, in a few cases ...

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Jewelry Industry Should Help World Bank to End Poverty

Jewelry News | Mon, Nov 11, 2013

Diamond, colored gemstone, and gold miners are some of the poorest people on earth, even though they help make a luxury product. The best way to resolve this paradox seems obvious: increase miners’ earnings. Global sales of diamond jewelry reached ...

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Rebel Group in Congo Gives Up Fight, Surrenders

Jewelry News | Fri, Nov 8, 2013

The largest rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo decided to lay down its weapons this week. The surrender of the M23 rebels, an ethnic Tutsi group that gets much of its funding from gold mining, provides a glimmer of hope that Congo’s ...

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Why Gemstone Bans Work, Even When They Don’t

Jewelry News | Mon, Nov 4, 2013

Back in 2005, a civil war in Côte d’Ivoire was tearing the country apart. The country’s richest diamond mining zones were controlled by rebel forces. To prevent the rebels from financing themselves using diamonds, the United Nations (UN) placed an ...

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