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A Tale of Two Diamond Heists

Jewelry News | Sun, Mar 10, 2013

We’d like to discuss two recent diamond heists – both outrageous, both similar in some coincidental details, but each causing a very different world reaction.   The first one happened a few weeks ago in Belgium. Eight thieves wearing police ...

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In Angola, a Journalist Fights Blood Diamonds

Jewelry News | Thu, Feb 28, 2013

More than a decade after the end of a tragic, diamond-funded civil war in Angola, diamond mining in the country continues to be beset by violence. Private security firms hired by diamond mining companies have been using brutal tactics – torture, ...

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Surat, India: Where Blood Diamonds Go to Forget Their Past

Jewelry News | Fri, Jan 11, 2013

It’s completely understandable why someone would not want to buy a Zimbabwean diamond.   In 2008, the Zimbabwean military seized control of valuable diamond fields, massacring more than 200 miners, then enslaving and torturing others. Although ...

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Crisis in the Central African Republic: Are Diamonds to Blame?

Jewelry News | Sat, Dec 29, 2012

We’re alarmed by news reports that rebel soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) are close to taking over the country’s capital, Bangui. Thousands of civilians have been forced to flee their homes, and the U.S. Embassy evacuated its personnel ...

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Kimberley Process Purpose Stumps the Press

Jewelry News | Tue, Dec 18, 2012

If you’ve ever shopped for an ethical diamond – and you really, really wanted to be sure you were buying a diamond with reliably ethical origins – well, we understand how confusing a process that can be. Peeling past all the layers of “conflict ...

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Brilliant Earth Attends Kimberley Process Meeting at State Department

Jewelry News | Tue, Nov 27, 2012

We were on hand this morning at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. for one of the year’s most important gatherings in the global effort to raise ethical standards in diamond mining – the annual plenary session of the Kimberley Process, the ...

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Mugabe and Friends Loot $2 Billion in Diamonds, Report Says

Jewelry News | Sat, Nov 24, 2012

It’s no secret that corruption and poor governance can leave a country devastated. But Zimbabwe, which has long been ruled by the corrupt dictator Robert Mugabe, still serves as a cautionary tale.   By almost any measure, the country is in ...

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At Kimberley Process Helm, U.S. May Try to Broaden “Conflict Dia…

Jewelry News | Wed, Mar 7, 2012

We’re not very optimistic that the Kimberley Process (KP), the international diamond certification scheme, can still be turned around.  When the KP decided last November to lift the partial ban on Zimbabwean diamonds, its credibility sagged to a new ...

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Global Witness Withdrawal May Be Good News For Diamond Industry Reform

Jewelry News | Fri, Jan 20, 2012

Looking back at 2011, we’d say that the biggest news story, at least insofar as efforts to reform the diamond industry, was the Kimberley Process’s wrongheaded decision on Zimbabwe. In November, the international diamond certification scheme decided ...

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The One Percent Myth: The Diamond Industry Responds to Brilliant Earth

Jewelry News | Wed, Dec 7, 2011

Our last few blogs have discussed how the diamond industry relies on a deceptive statistic to convince consumers that diamond mining is now free from serious ethical abuses. We’ve called this statistic the one percent myth. The one percent myth is ...

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