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Interview with Holly Dranginis of the Enough Project

Jewelry News | Mon, Aug 25, 2014

Recently I had the privilege to speak with Holly Dranginis, a Policy Associate for the Enough Project, in her Washington, D.C. office. Holly is a leader in an innovative campaign to stop a deadly civil war in eastern Congo by cutting off the gold and ...

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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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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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Green Engagement Rings

Styles & Trends | Thu, May 1, 2014

Discover the perfect green engagement ring to fit your unique style! Eco-friendly engagement rings are rapidly growing in popularity, and Brilliant Earth offers eco-friendly options in styles ranging from classic to vintage to modern to ...

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Why It’s Important to Choose Recycled Platinum

Jewelry News | Mon, Apr 28, 2014

When it comes to the environment, gold mining is about as harmful as it gets. Gold mining so heavily scars the landscape and creates so much pollution that communities from Alaska to Costa Rica are saying no to new gold mines. The environmental ...

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To Restore Olympic Shine, Start with the Medals

Jewelry News | Fri, Mar 7, 2014

It’s now clearer than ever that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made a dubious decision when it put Vladimir Putin in a position to host the Winter Olympics. Putin used the Games to bolster his reputation in Russia—all while blanketing ...

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Amazon Gold Mines Rely on Forced Child Labor

Jewelry News | Tue, Feb 25, 2014

When he was 16, a teenager in Peru named Oscar decided to take a job at a gold mining camp in the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon. Oscar’s cousin had convinced him to take the job, telling him that he would be paid in valuable chunks of ...

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PBS Investigates Dangers of Underwater Gold Mining

Jewelry News | Mon, Feb 3, 2014

Artisanal gold mining, the kind of gold mining done by independent gold miners, is a very dangerous job. Miners can be sickened by exposure to dust or injured by hauling heavy ore. They can be killed in mine collapses or landslides. And gold miners ...

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EPA Report: Gold Mine Could Devastate Alaskan Salmon

Jewelry News | Tue, Jan 28, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a report showing that a proposed gold and copper mine in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska could be disastrous for the word’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and the people who depend on it. The ...

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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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