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Earth Day Promotion Roundup

Jewelry News | Fri, Apr 19, 2013

In 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson established the first Earth Day, and the movement has been growing steadily ever since. On this day we all join together to celebrate how fortunate we are to live on this beautiful planet!  This is a time to raise ...

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In New Film, Alaskan Natives Speak Out Against Gold Mine

Jewelry News | Sun, Apr 14, 2013

A new documentary film provides a chance for native Alaskans to explain, in their own words, the importance of salmon fishing in their culture – and why the opening of a new gold and copper mine would threaten their way of life.   The film, ...

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Eric Grossberg Named One of JCK Magazine’s Top 20 Under 40

Jewelry News | Thu, Apr 11, 2013

Brilliant Earth is proud to announce that our cofounder, Eric Grossberg, has been named one of the top 20 under 40 in the jewelry industry by JCK Magazine!     The 2013 Power List featured 20 young men and women who are poised to become the ...

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After Coup, Considering the Future in Central African Republic

Jewelry News | Sun, Mar 31, 2013

A coup has taken place in one of Africa’s diamond-rich countries, the Central African Republic. A week ago, rebel forces took over the country’s capital, Bangui, and overthrew the ruling dictator, Francois Bozizé, who has fled to Cameroon. The rebel ...

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Conflict Gold Warlord Unexpectedly Surrenders

Jewelry News | Thu, Mar 21, 2013

A warlord in the Democratic Republic of Congo known as “the Terminator” – and who used gold and other conflict minerals to finance a violent insurgency – has turned himself in to the International Criminal Court (ICC). On Monday, General Bosco ...

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A Tale of Two Diamond Heists

Jewelry News | Sun, Mar 10, 2013

We’d like to discuss two recent diamond heists – both outrageous, both similar in some coincidental details, but each causing a very different world reaction.   The first one happened a few weeks ago in Belgium. Eight thieves wearing police ...

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In Angola, a Journalist Fights Blood Diamonds

Jewelry News | Thu, Feb 28, 2013

More than a decade after the end of a tragic, diamond-funded civil war in Angola, diamond mining in the country continues to be beset by violence. Private security firms hired by diamond mining companies have been using brutal tactics – torture, ...

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Mercury Treaty May Reduce Dirty Gold Mining

Jewelry News | Mon, Feb 4, 2013

Mercury, a highly toxic substance, is found in a lot of products – thermometers, dental fillings, batteries, and light bulbs. It is also a byproduct of coal production, cement production, and waste incineration. But today, the leading cause of ...

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Greek Gold Mine Raises Philosophical Questions

Jewelry News | Fri, Jan 25, 2013

When is a new mining operation good for local communities and when is a new mine a bad idea? That is the question facing Ierissos, Greece, where construction has begun on a new open pit gold mine. A recent New York Times article draws attention to ...

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Surat, India: Where Blood Diamonds Go to Forget Their Past

Jewelry News | Fri, Jan 11, 2013

It’s completely understandable why someone would not want to buy a Zimbabwean diamond.   In 2008, the Zimbabwean military seized control of valuable diamond fields, massacring more than 200 miners, then enslaving and torturing others. Although ...

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