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Dreaming of a Mugabe Loss in Zimbabwe’s Elections

Jewelry News | Fri, Aug 2, 2013

Accusations of vote-rigging are flying in Zimbabwe, where voters went to the polls in a crucial election on Wednesday. Most observers think that Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s president for the past 33 years, will find a way to hold on to power and fend ...

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Diamond Industry Leader Praises Angola’s Blood Diamond Trade

Jewelry News | Wed, Jul 24, 2013

Diamonds may be forever, but not diamond industry leaders. The longtime president of the World Diamond Council (WDC), the group representing the global diamond industry, officially left his job at the end of June. But before stepping down, he took a ...

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Brilliant Earth as a Social Enterprise

Jewelry News | Mon, Jul 15, 2013

We sat down with our co-founder Beth Gerstein to discuss what being a social enterprise means to Brilliant Earth.   For all those who don’t know, what is a social enterprise?   Beth Gerstein: A social enterprise is a mission-based business ...

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Film Shows Gold-Fueled Civil War in Striking Shades of Pink

Jewelry News | Mon, Jul 15, 2013

A provocative new film shows the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a distinctive light – a pink one. Although it’s a technique rarely seen before on the big screen, the approach of the film is, in some ways, one that we’re familiar ...

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When Gold Mines Collapse, It Is Often Into a Regulatory Void

Jewelry News | Tue, Jul 9, 2013

Almost four years ago, President Obama made his first foreign trip to sub-Saharan Africa. Rather than go to Kenya, his father’s birthplace, he chose to go to Ghana because he wanted to draw attention to Ghana’s democracy, one of the strongest in ...

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As Election Nears, Diamond Violence Could Flare in Zimbabwe

Jewelry News | Mon, Jul 1, 2013

Two weeks ago, a 58-year-old politician in Zimbabwe named Edward Chindori-Chininga allegedly drove his Jeep Cherokee through an intersection and rammed it into a tree. He died instantly, according to Zimbabwean police. Some observers, however, think ...

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Kimberley Process Suspends Central African Republic

Jewelry News | Mon, Jun 24, 2013

The Kimberley Process, the international body that is supposed to stop the trade in conflict diamonds, has banned diamond exports from the Central African Republic. The decision comes after a rebel coalition overthrew the country’s dictator, Francois ...

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Report Finds Weaknesses in Jewelry Certification System

Jewelry News | Fri, Jun 7, 2013

We’ve always wanted the jewelry industry to create a better certification system than the Kimberley Process, the flawed international diamond certification scheme. And in a lot of ways, the certification system launched in 2009 by the Responsible ...

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Zimbabwean Rights Groups Speak Out Against Blood Diamonds

Jewelry News | Tue, May 28, 2013

Who could be against trying to solve the blood diamond problem in Zimbabwe? Well, we follow debates in the diamond industry closely, and we occasionally see an argument (often from the very people tied to human rights abuses) that goes like this: All ...

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Gold Mine Collapses Kill More Than 100 People

Jewelry News | Tue, May 21, 2013

When gold and diamond miners die on the job, deliberate violence is very often the cause. In Zimbabwe and Angola, mining company security guards have been shooting and killing local diamond miners. In the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of ...

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