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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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Jewelry Industry Should Help World Bank to End Poverty

Jewelry News | Mon, Nov 11, 2013

Diamond, colored gemstone, and gold miners are some of the poorest people on earth, even though they help make a luxury product. The best way to resolve this paradox seems obvious: increase miners’ earnings. Global sales of diamond jewelry reached ...

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Why Gemstone Bans Work, Even When They Don’t

Jewelry News | Mon, Nov 4, 2013

Back in 2005, a civil war in Côte d’Ivoire was tearing the country apart. The country’s richest diamond mining zones were controlled by rebel forces. To prevent the rebels from financing themselves using diamonds, the United Nations (UN) placed an ...

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Diamond Company Funds Soccer Cup, Lets Evicted People Starve

Jewelry News | Wed, Oct 30, 2013

The soccer match was played just over two weeks ago, on a Sunday night in Harare, Zimbabwe. The home town team, Dynamos, was up against How Mine, a team from Bulawayo, in the quarterfinal round of the annual Mbada Diamonds Cup, a national soccer ...

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The World’s Diamond Mining Countries In One Handy Pie Chart

Jewelry News | Sun, Oct 27, 2013

What country do most diamonds come from? Throughout history, the answer to that question has changed repeatedly. A thousand years ago, most diamonds came from India. About 250 years ago, Brazil was the largest supplier of diamonds. One hundred years ...

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Nelson Mandela’s Surprising Legacy On Blood Diamonds

Jewelry News | Sun, Oct 13, 2013

With Nelson Mandela now 95 and in poor health, there’s been a lot of conversation lately about his legacy. So here’s one of the more intriguing photos to emerge of Mandela. The photo shows a smiling Mandela at a party he hosted at his home in 1997, ...

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The Story Behind Our “Beyond Conflict Free” Standard

Jewelry News | Tue, Oct 8, 2013

When consumers shop for responsibly-sourced products, they’re often greeted by a host of words. In the food world, consumers may see labels ranging from “organic” to “antibiotic-free” to “free range.” For a lot of products including coffee and now ...

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The China Challenge: What China’s Rise Means for Ethical Jewelry (Pa…

Jewelry News | Mon, Sep 30, 2013

This is the third blog in a three-part blog series on China and the jewelry trade. The first blog can be found here and the second one can be found here.   To return to our original question: what about our theory of consumer-driven change? In a ...

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The China Challenge: What China’s Rise Means for Ethical Jewelry…

Jewelry News | Thu, Sep 26, 2013

The following blog is the second in a three-part blog series on China and the jewelry trade. The first blog in the series can be found here.   It’s always a good idea to be cautious when making broad generalizations about a country’s government ...

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The China Challenge: What China’s Rise Means for Ethical Jewelry…

Jewelry News | Tue, Sep 24, 2013

The following blog is the first in a three-part blog series on China and the jewelry trade.   Last June, as President Obama began a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a California ranch, dozens of the world’s diplomats had just ...

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