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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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A Guide to Reducing Mercury Use in Gold Mining

Jewelry News | Sat, Sep 21, 2013

The process of gold mining is rarely as simple as digging up some gold and melting it into gold bullion bars. Gold usually needs first to be extracted from rock and sediments (“called ore”) and refined into an acceptably pure form.   How is this ...

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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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Gold Mine Collapses Kill More Than 100 People

Jewelry News | Tue, May 21, 2013

When gold and diamond miners die on the job, deliberate violence is very often the cause. In Zimbabwe and Angola, mining company security guards have been shooting and killing local diamond miners. In the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of ...

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Greek Gold Mine Raises Philosophical Questions

Jewelry News | Fri, Jan 25, 2013

When is a new mining operation good for local communities and when is a new mine a bad idea? That is the question facing Ierissos, Greece, where construction has begun on a new open pit gold mine. A recent New York Times article draws attention to ...

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Gold Mining Causes Lead Poisoning Deaths in Nigeria

Jewelry News | Wed, Jun 22, 2011

Artisanal gold mining is gold mining carried out by individuals using hand held tools or small-scale mining methods. We’re well aware that this type of gold mining, which frequently goes unregulated, can be dangerous for miners and their ...

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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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Stop Dirty Gold Mining on Earth Day!

Jewelry News | Fri, Apr 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day! For 41 years, Earth Day has inspired individuals to renew their commitment to environmental protection. It also gives us at Brilliant Earth a chance to discuss one of our favorite topics: eco-friendly jewelry.   We’ll start off ...

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Gold Mining Companies in Ghana Take Land, Poison Water

Jewelry News | Mon, Jan 10, 2011

Earlier last year, we wrote about a cyanide spill at the Ahafo mine in Ghana. That incident, apparently, was not an isolated case. A recent human rights report describes a broad pattern of irresponsible and unethical business practices by gold mining ...

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Fair Trade Gold Takes a Leap Forward

Jewelry News | Wed, Mar 31, 2010

An important milestone has been reached in the effort to create a supply of certified fair trade gold. Thanks to a promising new initiative, thousands of artisanal gold miners in developing countries will soon be able to sell their gold under a new, ...

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