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Conflict Minerals Law a Win for Transparency

Jewelry News | Fri, Jul 11, 2014

One of our core beliefs, at Brilliant Earth, is that transparency can transform the jewelry supply chain. The idea is that if all jewelers are expected to disclose the origins of the precious metals and gems in their products, consumers will be ...

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Ten “Blood” Products Other Than Diamonds

Jewelry News | Fri, Nov 15, 2013

Diamonds aren’t the only kind of natural resource often tainted by bloodshed and abuse. Natural resources frequently cause more trouble than they’re worth, which is why people often speak of a “resource curse.” In fact, in a few cases ...

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Rebel Group in Congo Gives Up Fight, Surrenders

Jewelry News | Fri, Nov 8, 2013

The largest rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo decided to lay down its weapons this week. The surrender of the M23 rebels, an ethnic Tutsi group that gets much of its funding from gold mining, provides a glimmer of hope that Congo’s ...

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Poachers Kill 91 Elephants with Cyanide, a Gold Mining Chemical

Jewelry News | Sat, Oct 5, 2013

A group of elephant poachers in Zimbabwe has been using a sinister approach to kill the majestic animals: poisoning them with cyanide, a chemical normally used in gold mining. At least 91 elephants in western Zimbabwe have died from cyanide poisoning ...

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The Military Intervention That Nobody’s Talking About

Jewelry News | Fri, Sep 13, 2013

The crisis in Syria has everyone talking about military interventions. When should the United States intervene militarily to enforce an international norm or stop a humanitarian catastrophe? When will intervening make things better? Worse? And if the ...

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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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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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Conflict Gold Warlord Unexpectedly Surrenders

Jewelry News | Thu, Mar 21, 2013

A warlord in the Democratic Republic of Congo known as “the Terminator” – and who used gold and other conflict minerals to finance a violent insurgency – has turned himself in to the International Criminal Court (ICC). On Monday, General Bosco ...

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Conflict Minerals Law May Shake Up Jewelry Industry in 2013

Jewelry News | Sat, Dec 22, 2012

The arrival of the New Year will mark an important moment in efforts to increase transparency in the jewelry supply chain. As of January 1, 2013, thousands of companies will be subject to a new U.S. law requiring them to disclose whether the gold in ...

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