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Gold Mine in British Columbia Spills Toxic Sludge

Jewelry News | Fri, Sep 5, 2014

It’s being called one of the biggest environmental disasters in Canada in decades. A dam built to hold toxic waste burst last month at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in British Columbia. Thousands of Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of gray ...

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Police End Human Blockade Against Gold Mine

Jewelry News | Fri, Jun 6, 2014

Gold mines can be fought in many ways—with consumer action, with legal challenges, with protests. For more than two years, the people living near the El Tambor mine in Guatemala did it by forming a human roadblock. Their marathon-like protest  began ...

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A Closer Look at the Effect of Lower Gold Prices

Jewelry News | Sat, Jan 11, 2014

Earlier this week, I posted a blog on the nearly 30 percent drop in gold prices in 2013. That blog argued that lower gold prices are generally good for two reasons. First, they reduce the total amount of gold mining, which reduces pollution. Second, ...

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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 Best Way to Save the Planet From Gold Mining

Jewelry News | Wed, Aug 21, 2013

Although diamonds are supposed to be forever, it’s the human love affair with gold that has been truly lasting. For thousands of years, since even before the time of King Tut, gold has been prized for its beauty and value. It’s no wonder, then, that ...

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Is Your Jewelry Poisoning Your Sushi?

Jewelry News | Sun, Apr 28, 2013

One of the great lessons of the environmental movement is that we live in a connected world. Harming one part of an ecosystem can disrupt the entire balance, and it can have an impact on people living near and far. “In nature nothing exists alone,” ...

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In New Film, Alaskan Natives Speak Out Against Gold Mine

Jewelry News | Sun, Apr 14, 2013

A new documentary film provides a chance for native Alaskans to explain, in their own words, the importance of salmon fishing in their culture – and why the opening of a new gold and copper mine would threaten their way of life.   The film, ...

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Mercury Treaty May Reduce Dirty Gold Mining

Jewelry News | Mon, Feb 4, 2013

Mercury, a highly toxic substance, is found in a lot of products – thermometers, dental fillings, batteries, and light bulbs. It is also a byproduct of coal production, cement production, and waste incineration. But today, the leading cause of ...

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Jewelry Consumers Flex Green Muscles with Target and Costco

Jewelry News | Fri, May 20, 2011

At Brilliant Earth, we’re strong believers in the power of consumers to drive positive social and environmental change. A case in point is the success of the No Dirty Gold campaign by Earthworks International. Jewelry retailers have been pledging to ...

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Brilliant Earth Earns “A” in Gold Examination

Jewelry News | Tue, Apr 13, 2010

The results are in and Brilliant Earth has aced the test. A new report by the No Dirty Gold campaign, a campaign against dirty gold mining by Earthworks International, gives us an “A” for our measures to source gold in an ethical, ...

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