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President Obama, Don’t Forget About Diamonds

Jewelry News | Tue, Aug 12, 2014

President Obama deserves credit for a smart move. Last week his administration hosted the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, an extraordinary gathering of more than 40 African heads of state in Washington. One purpose of the event was to recognize Africa ...

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Zimbabwe Takes Surprise Step of Banning Its Own Diamonds

Jewelry News | Fri, Aug 1, 2014

Just when we thought there couldn’t be another twist and turn in the saga of Zimbabwe’s troubled diamond sector, we got another surprise last week: Zimbabwe, which long fought for the freedom to sell its gems on the global market, has decided that it ...

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A Guide to Our Ethical Diamond Sources

Jewelry News | Sun, Jul 20, 2014

One of the best parts about shopping at Brilliant Earth is that whatever you select, you’ve made an ethical choice. Our diamonds are all beyond conflict free. We use only recycled precious metals and Fairmined gold. When you buy a piece of Brilliant ...

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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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Enough Project: To Stop Blood Diamonds, Start at Trading Hubs

Jewelry News | Tue, May 27, 2014

The diamond supply chain is so long and complex that keeping conflict diamonds out of it is a daunting challenge. All along the way, conflict diamonds can enter the flow, much like dirty storm runoff can enter a river at multiple, shifting points. So ...

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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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