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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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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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