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Zimbabwe’s Diamond Wealth is Bleeding Away

Jewelry News | Fri, Jun 27, 2014

The city of Mutare in eastern Zimbabwe has been dubbed the “diamond city” because it is located near one of the world’s richest diamond deposits. Not that you’d know it from visiting the city. The traffic lights don’t work. The roads are covered in ...

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Diamond Company Funds Soccer Cup, Lets Evicted People Starve

Jewelry News | Wed, Oct 30, 2013

The soccer match was played just over two weeks ago, on a Sunday night in Harare, Zimbabwe. The home town team, Dynamos, was up against How Mine, a team from Bulawayo, in the quarterfinal round of the annual Mbada Diamonds Cup, a national soccer ...

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The China Challenge: What China’s Rise Means for Ethical Jewelry (Pa…

Jewelry News | Mon, Sep 30, 2013

This is the third blog in a three-part blog series on China and the jewelry trade. The first blog can be found here and the second one can be found here.   To return to our original question: what about our theory of consumer-driven change? In a ...

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Negotiations on Zimbabwe End, But Not Controversy

Jewelry News | Fri, Nov 11, 2011

It’s now official. The Kimberley Process, the international diamond certification scheme, has decided to permit the export of diamonds from the controversial Marange diamond fields in eastern Zimbabwe. The decision brings an end to a long-running ...

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BBC Report: Zimbabwe Running Torture Camps for Diamond Miners

Jewelry News | Fri, Aug 26, 2011

An investigation by the BBC has revealed the existence of torture camps near the valuable Marange diamond fields in eastern Zimbabwe. According to the article, the main torture camp is located just a mile away from one of the principal Marange ...

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With Zimbabwe Diamond Ban Faltering, Monitoring Becomes Critical

Jewelry News | Tue, Aug 2, 2011

The Kimberley Process is in such disarray right now that its decisions are barely possible to decipher. But it’s looking increasingly official that the ban on exports from Zimbabwe’s Marange diamond fields has been lifted. At a Kimberley ...

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International Divide over Zimbabwe’s Kimberley Process Participa…

Jewelry News | Thu, May 5, 2011

For months, countries belonging to the Kimberley Process, the international diamond certification scheme, have been deadlocked in a debate regarding the ban on diamond exports from Zimbabwe’s Marange district. Now those negotiations appear headed for ...

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Stalemate on Zimbabwe Exposes Need for Kimberley Process Reform

Jewelry News | Wed, Nov 17, 2010

The Kimberley Process, the international certification scheme designed to stop the trade in conflict diamonds, has been mired in controversy for more than a year now. The question that looms over the Kimberley Process is this: Should diamonds from ...

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Zimbabwe: Leading Human Rights Abuser May Become Leading Diamond Expor…

Jewelry News | Mon, Oct 4, 2010

The discovery of diamonds in South Africa in 1867 quickly turned South Africa into the world’s leading diamond exporter. However, with new discoveries since then, other countries have surpassed South Africa in terms of diamond production. The best ...

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Farai Maguwu, Human Rights Advocate, Imprisoned by Zimbabwean Authorit…

Jewelry News | Mon, Jun 21, 2010

To advance Brilliant Earth’s social mission, we work closely with non-profit organizations in diamond-rich developing countries. Although we have always greatly admired the people who staff and lead these organizations, we recently were reminded that ...

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