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The Story Behind Our “Beyond Conflict Free” Standard

Jewelry News | Tue, Oct 8, 2013

When consumers shop for responsibly-sourced products, they’re often greeted by a host of words. In the food world, consumers may see labels ranging from “organic” to “antibiotic-free” to “free range.” For a lot of products including coffee and now ...

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Poachers Kill 91 Elephants with Cyanide, a Gold Mining Chemical

Jewelry News | Sat, Oct 5, 2013

A group of elephant poachers in Zimbabwe has been using a sinister approach to kill the majestic animals: poisoning them with cyanide, a chemical normally used in gold mining. At least 91 elephants in western Zimbabwe have died from cyanide poisoning ...

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The China Challenge: What China’s Rise Means for Ethical Jewelry (Pa…

Jewelry News | Mon, Sep 30, 2013

This is the third blog in a three-part blog series on China and the jewelry trade. The first blog can be found here and the second one can be found here.   To return to our original question: what about our theory of consumer-driven change? In a ...

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The China Challenge: What China’s Rise Means for Ethical Jewelry…

Jewelry News | Thu, Sep 26, 2013

The following blog is the second in a three-part blog series on China and the jewelry trade. The first blog in the series can be found here.   It’s always a good idea to be cautious when making broad generalizations about a country’s government ...

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The China Challenge: What China’s Rise Means for Ethical Jewelry…

Jewelry News | Tue, Sep 24, 2013

The following blog is the first in a three-part blog series on China and the jewelry trade.   Last June, as President Obama began a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a California ranch, dozens of the world’s diplomats had just ...

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A Guide to Reducing Mercury Use in Gold Mining

Jewelry News | Sat, Sep 21, 2013

The process of gold mining is rarely as simple as digging up some gold and melting it into gold bullion bars. Gold usually needs first to be extracted from rock and sediments (“called ore”) and refined into an acceptably pure form.   How is this ...

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Pink Panther Thieves Fool Diamond Certification Scheme

Jewelry News | Wed, Sep 18, 2013

What is the secret to being a good diamond thief? Contrary to what you might think, the best diamond thieves aren’t necessarily the ones who are good at stealing diamonds. They’re the people who are best able to sell stolen diamonds on the black ...

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The Military Intervention That Nobody’s Talking About

Jewelry News | Fri, Sep 13, 2013

The crisis in Syria has everyone talking about military interventions. When should the United States intervene militarily to enforce an international norm or stop a humanitarian catastrophe? When will intervening make things better? Worse? And if the ...

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Introducing Our Infographic on Blood Diamonds

Jewelry News | Sun, Sep 8, 2013

Why do so many couples care about where their diamonds come from? Maybe the best answer to that question is that many diamonds are tainted by bloodshed and violence. But the ethical problems facing the diamond industry run deep, and are more varied ...

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80,000 South African Gold Miners Strike, Get Wage Increase

Jewelry News | Fri, Sep 6, 2013

A year ago, when gold and platinum miners went on strike in South Africa, police shot and killed 34 striking miners at the Marikana platinum mine. In total, more than 50 people died in labor unrest at gold and platinum mines around the country. ...

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