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Angola Attempts to Halt Diamond Smugglers From DRC

Jewelry News | Wed, Jul 15, 2009

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is engaged in an ethnically-charged tribal war that has seen nearly six million people killed in the past 10 years. Poverty and disease are rampant, with little money available for medicine, education or ...

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Sign Too Precious to Wear’s Coral Pledge

Jewelry News | Wed, Jun 10, 2009

Coral is a precious natural resource on which much of the earth’s life depends. Unfortunately, it is also being killed and eroded at an alarming rate, posing a threat to all manner of marine life. Corals are suffering from over-fishing, gas ...

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Diavik Mine Exceeds Standards of Community Support

Jewelry News | Wed, May 27, 2009

Brilliant Earth’s environmentally and socially responsible Canadian diamonds are sourced from two specific mines in the Northwest Territory of Canada, one of which is the Diavik Mine. The Diavik Mine maintains high standards of social and ...

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Emeralds Funding Taliban Could Enter World Markets

Jewelry News | Fri, May 8, 2009

According to reports, the Taliban has recently seized two formerly non-operational emerald mines in Pakistan. It is feared that the insurgents will use the proceeds to purchase mortars, roadside bombs and suicide belts to be unleashed toward war ...

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Confrontation over Pebble Mine Project

Jewelry News | Wed, Apr 15, 2009

Today, April 15th, a delegation of Native Alaskan and commercial fishermen will confront the mining industry giant Anglo American PLC about its proposed Pebble Mine project in Alaska. The open-pit gold and copper mine would occupy more than 30 square ...

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Stimulus Package Raises Hopes for Mine Cleanup

Jewelry News | Wed, Feb 25, 2009

  The economic stimulus package that President Obama signed on Tuesday contains more than $1.5 billion for construction and maintenance projects by the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and the Forest Service. Proposed ...

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Diamond Fingerprinting Study

Jewelry News | Fri, Feb 13, 2009

  In spite of greater worldwide attention to diamond sourcing, smuggling is still a serious problem. In Southern African countries, in particular, many stones are still being illegally mined, smuggled, and sold to fund conflicts and corrupt ...

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Kimberley Process Review Reveals Holes

Jewelry News | Wed, Dec 10, 2008

Since its launch in 2003, the Kimberley Process of international diamond certification has prevented large quantities of conflict diamonds from entering consumer markets, but there is more work to be done. At the recent sixth annual meeting of the ...

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Ethical Jewelry Industry Expresses Concern for Wal-Mart’s Love, …

Jewelry News | Tue, Nov 4, 2008

Since the recent unveiling of Wal-Mart’s eco-friendly jewelry line, Love, Earth®, environmental groups and ethical jewelry industry leaders have expressed concerns that Wal-Mart’s “green” claims for its eco-conscious jewelry are false. Recently, ...

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Contention surrounding Pebble Mine

Jewelry News | Thu, Sep 11, 2008

The proposed new Pebble Mine in a remote area of Alaska has become a major source of contention for locals, fishermen, mining operations and international activists. Situated near the edge of Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska, the Pebble Mine site is ...

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