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Jewelry Industry Should Invest in Diamond Diggers, NGO Leader Says

Jewelry News | Tue, Oct 21, 2014

There are about a million artisanal diamond diggers in Africa who live in extreme poverty. For the last century they’ve been mostly forgotten, left to toil in dangerous pits while barely earning enough to eat. But now a group based in Ottawa is ...

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Why Aren’t Diamonds Sold Like Wine?

Jewelry News | Thu, Oct 9, 2014

If you’ve ever been to a wine tasting, you know that a lot of the fun is in the guessing game. Tasters are served a series of wines, or a flight, without first being told a country of origin, vineyard, or year for each wine. After the flight, the ...

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Villagers Evicted By Diamond Companies Go Hungry

Jewelry News | Tue, Sep 30, 2014

They once lived on top of some of the world’s richest diamond fields. They were evicted. Now they are unemployed and starving.   To be sure, worse has happened in Zimbabwe’s diamond industry. In 2008, the Zimbabwean army seized control of newly ...

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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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