The arrival of the New Year will mark an important moment in efforts to increase transparency in the jewelry supply chain. As of January 1, 2013, thousands of companies will be subject to a new U.S. law requiring them to disclose whether the gold in their products may have funded a tragic civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. That simple disclosure requirement, we think, could not only help end the war in Congo, but could have snowball effects, helping create a more ethical jewelry industry overall. Although not well-known, the war in Congo is one of [...]
If you’ve ever shopped for an ethical diamond – and you really, really wanted to be sure you were buying a diamond with reliably ethical origins – well, we understand how confusing a process that can be. Peeling past all the layers of “conflict diamond” mumble jumble is kind of a hard thing to do. How hard? Well, the next time you walk into a jewelry store to shop for a diamond, you might want to bring with you some of the world’s top international reporters. And you might want to have some of the most influential people in [...]
We were on hand this morning at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. for one of the year’s most important gatherings in the global effort to raise ethical standards in diamond mining – the annual plenary session of the Kimberley Process, the international diamond certification scheme. Or, at least, the gathering had all the trappings of being important. But was it really? The atmosphere was reminiscent of a United Nations General Assembly meeting. Delegates from at least 74 sovereign governments seated themselves in the Loy Henderson Auditorium, a large, horseshoe-shaped conference hall inside the State Department. Interpreters [...]
It’s no secret that corruption and poor governance can leave a country devastated. But Zimbabwe, which has long been ruled by the corrupt dictator Robert Mugabe, still serves as a cautionary tale. By almost any measure, the country is in terrible shape. The per capita income is just about $400 per year. The poverty rate is 63 percent. Life expectancy is just 51 years. A few months ago, the United Nations found that 1.6 million people in Zimbabwe would go hungry without emergency food aid. Surely it would be a blessing if some source of wealth were discovered that [...]
We’re pleased to report that a survey has chosen one of our main diamond suppliers, the Diavik diamond mine, as one of Canada’s top 100 employers. This is the second year in a row that the mine has received this distinction. Brilliant Earth has always prided itself on sourcing diamonds from mines that meet the highest labor and environmental standards. When we first launched Brilliant Earth in 2005, we carefully evaluated labor and environmental standards at diamond mines around the world and concluded that the Diavik diamond mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories (as well as another Canadian mine, the [...]
In addition to being an online leader in ethically sourced fine jewelry, Brilliant Earth maintains a special and well-known place among San Francisco jewelers. Where is Brilliant Earth? Brilliant Earth’s beautiful and serene boutique showroom is ideally situated in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Customers living in or visiting the area can view our stunning fine jewelry collection in person at our convenient Union Square location. The San Francisco Location One of the world’s most beautiful and romantic cities—home to cable cars, sea lions, the gleaming Golden Gate Bridge, and hill upon hill of awe-inspiring views—it’s [...]
Learn about the first source of fair trade gold, and view Brilliant Earth’s elegant fair trade gold pendant! Fair trade gold initiatives for both diamonds and gold are expanding into Africa and are promoting economic stability and improved working conditions.
Thousands of miners at South Africa’s gold and platinum mines are striking for higher wages and better working conditions. Unfortunately, about 50 people have now died in strike-related violence, most of them in a massacre by South African police. We hope the South African takes steps to avoid falling into a pattern we recognize from other countries – a pattern in which government security forces sent to mining areas to restore order instead end up causing bloodshed.
Asha “diamonds” are not lab created diamonds, but are simulants. Learn the key differences between lab created diamonds and Asha simulant diamonds, and how to choose which is right for you!
The Olympic medals awarded at this year’s London Games are traceable in origin to two mines operated by mining giant Rio Tinto. As mining companies go, Rio Tinto is among the most socially and environmentally responsible. But at the upcoming Olympics in Sochi and Rio De Janeiro, we think it would be much more fitting and meaningful to make Olympic medals from recycled and fair trade sources.