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In Burma, Hope for an End to Blood Rubies

Jewelry News | Tue, Nov 1, 2011

Promising democratic reforms are taking place in Burma, a small country in Southeast Asia long run by ruthless military generals. At Brilliant Earth, we’re following this news closely. Burma’s ruby trade, which supplies 90 percent of the world’s ...

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Questions Concerning Greenland Rubies

Jewelry News | Fri, Jun 12, 2009

With many western countries now banning ruby imports from Myanmar due to serious social injustices, the search is on for the next best high-quality source of rubies. Greenland is a rich source of the prized red gems, and a Canadian enterprise called ...

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Emeralds Funding Taliban Could Enter World Markets

Jewelry News | Fri, May 8, 2009

According to reports, the Taliban has recently seized two formerly non-operational emerald mines in Pakistan. It is feared that the insurgents will use the proceeds to purchase mortars, roadside bombs and suicide belts to be unleashed toward war ...

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U.S. Bans Import of Burmese Rubies and Jadeite

Jewelry News | Thu, Dec 11, 2008

  Expanding the reach of its series of Burmese trade embargoes, the U.S. began enforcing a ban on rubies and jadeite of Burmese origin in October. Critics have deemed the move largely futile, given the vast quantities of gemstones already being ...

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Unregulated Madagascar Sapphire Mining

Jewelry News | Thu, Dec 11, 2008

Before 1998, the town of Ilakaka, Madagascar had only about 40 residents. Now, it has ballooned into a city of tens of thousands, thanks to the discovery of sizable sapphire deposits. While many of the deposits were once found near the surface of the ...

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Madagascar Responds to Gemstone Smuggling Problem

Jewelry News | Fri, Aug 22, 2008

In response to the recent alleged smuggling of an astounding 1,179-pound rough emerald from Madagascar, the African island nation’s government imposed a ban on the export of all gemstones. While it has continued to haggle over the ...

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US Senate Bans Import of Burmese Gems

Jewelry News | Thu, Jul 24, 2008

Over 90% of the world’s rubies originate from Burma. Given the human rights abuses and totalitarian regime in Burma, Brilliant Earth has never sourced any gemstones from Burma. All of our gemstones are sourced in accordance with fair trade ...

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Gem Mine Tragedy in Tanzania

Jewelry News | Thu, May 8, 2008

Last month saw small-scale miners in Tanzania devasted by floods in the tanzanite mines near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. At least 70 miners died in the flooding, with national response hampered by power cuts due to the storms. ...

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