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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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The Best Way to Save the Planet From Gold Mining

Jewelry News | Wed, Aug 21, 2013

Although diamonds are supposed to be forever, it’s the human love affair with gold that has been truly lasting. For thousands of years, since even before the time of King Tut, gold has been prized for its beauty and value. It’s no wonder, then, that ...

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82 Child Soldiers Rescued From Rebels in Congo

Jewelry News | Tue, Aug 20, 2013

The news coming out of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a brutal civil war has been festering since the 1990s, is almost always quite bleak. But on Friday came some positive news. The United Nations announced the rescue of 82 children, some as ...

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Diamonds May Have Rigged Zimbabwean Election

Jewelry News | Mon, Aug 5, 2013

Before saying more about Zimbabwe’s presidential election, let’s pause to celebrate something positive. Early last month, we worried that these elections might be violent. But in fact, the elections last Wednesday were generally peaceful and orderly. ...

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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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