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Zimbabwe’s Diamond Wealth is Bleeding Away

Jewelry News | Fri, Jun 27, 2014

The city of Mutare in eastern Zimbabwe has been dubbed the “diamond city” because it is located near one of the world’s richest diamond deposits. Not that you’d know it from visiting the city. The traffic lights don’t work. The roads are covered in ...

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Brazil, the Land of Sun, Samba, Soccer…and Diamonds

Jewelry News | Mon, Jun 16, 2014

  Every country that hosts the World Cup brings a unique flavor to the world’s most popular sporting event. This year, one reason why there’s so much buzz about the World Cup is its location in Brazil—the land of sun, samba, and soccer. But from ...

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State Department Warns About Fake Diamond Certificates

Jewelry News | Tue, May 20, 2014

The U.S. Department of State issued a warning recently that criminals are gaming the system that is supposed to protect consumers from buying blood diamonds. The announcement is just the latest example of how that system, called the Kimberley Process ...

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A Mother’s Day Wish to End Child Labor

Jewelry News | Sun, May 11, 2014

Marriage is about the love and commitment between two people. But for lots of couples, marriage also provides a foundation for having children.   Mother’s Day, therefore, is a great chance to point out one of the great paradoxes of the diamond ...

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UN Lifts Ban on Côte d’Ivoire’s Diamonds

Jewelry News | Thu, May 1, 2014

The United Nations (UN) Security Council voted on Tuesday to lift a ban on diamond exports from Côte d’Ivoire. The ban was put in place in 2005, after it became evident that rebels in the country’s north were financing themselves through the diamond ...

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Interview with Mark Freudenberger, Artisanal Diamond Expert

Jewelry News | Wed, Apr 23, 2014

I had the privilege recently to talk with Mark Freudenberger, who heads an innovative project called Property Rights and Artisanal Diamond Development (PRADD) II. The idea of PRADD II is to reduce conflict, promote development, and protect the ...

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Brilliant Earth Funds Schooling for Young African Leader

Jewelry News | Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Building a more ethical diamond industry is going to take leadership—from people around the world, but especially from within Africa. Indeed, history shows that without good leadership, diamonds can set countries back rather than help them leap ...

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Five “Blood” Products Other Than Diamonds

Jewelry News | Wed, Apr 16, 2014

People are increasingly becoming aware of an unfortunate fact: many diamonds have histories of bloodshed and exploitation. In Africa, civil wars fueled by “blood” or “conflict” diamonds have claimed an estimated 3.7 million lives. Diamond mining is ...

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The Four Main Kinds of Blood Diamonds

Jewelry News | Mon, Mar 31, 2014

What are “blood” diamonds? How often are diamonds linked to violence or exploitation? The answers to these questions aren’t as straightforward as you might think. Everything depends on the definition. In fact, when it comes to blood diamonds, there ...

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Diamonds the Heart of the Matter in CAR Conflict

Jewelry News | Thu, Mar 27, 2014

In 2000, a non-profit group called Partnership Africa Canada issued a path-breaking report on the brutal civil war in Sierra Leone. It titled its report “The Heart of the Matter” after Graham Greene’s 1948 novel of the same name. The heart of the ...

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