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our ethical practices

Beyond Conflict Free
Guarantee

We hold true to our values of awareness and transparency by carefully tracking our diamonds' origins. We go beyond the usual standard to guarantee that our diamonds originate from ethical and environmentally responsible sources.

what sets us apart

Jewelers that offer “conflict free” diamonds are limiting themselves to the Kimberley Process’s definition, which narrowly defines conflict diamonds as diamonds that finance rebel movements against recognized governments. What this definition leaves out is large numbers of diamonds that are tainted by violence, human rights abuses, poverty, and environmental degradation.

beyond
conflict free
conflict free
diamonds do not finance civil wars
free of human rights abuses
environmentally responsible
fair labor practices
community development

Brilliant Earth goes above and beyond the current industry standards to guarantee that our diamonds originate from pure, ethical sources. Our ethically sourced diamonds originate from mines that adhere to strict labor, trade, and environmental standards.

our
values
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PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS

We guarantee that our diamonds are untouched by all human rights abuses, including child labor, forced labor, murder, torture, and rape.

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IMPROVING LIVELIHOODS

All of our diamonds are mined in accordance with fair trade principles, providing local jobs, fair wages, and safe and progressive working conditions.

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EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES

Ethical origin diamonds promote long term economic development by investing in education and health care.

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PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

All of our diamonds are mined under strict international environmental standards to protect local ecosystems.

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TRACEABILITY

We carefully track all of our diamonds to ensure they are ethically mined, cut, and polished.

Recycled Gold And Platinum

Every piece we cast is made with 100% recycled precious metals. Our re-refined silver, gold, platinum, and palladium is of identical quality to newly mined metals.

reclaimed metal origins


existing jewelry


industrial use metals


electronics components

Why we use recycled metal

Dirty gold mining has a history of civil war, labor abuses, and environmental devastation. As part of our commitment to environmental responsibility, we handcraft all of our fine jewelry from recycled precious metals. Our objective is to diminish the negative impacts of dirty gold by reducing the demand for newly mined metals.

Brilliant Earth promotes the development of a fair trade gold system. This system will guarantee fair wages, promote economic growth, and empower mining communities. To demonstrate our support, we are now offering a Fairmined gold collection.

earth friendly processing

Recycled precious metals are an important component of Brilliant Earth's commitment to the environment, but we also practice environmental responsibility throughout the jewelry production process. For example, we employ a vapor emissions cleaning system and a rigorous process of cleaning liquid emissions to prevent contaminants from being released into the environment.

our recycled precious metals are of identical quality to newly mined metals

Additionally, we are committed to responsible labor practices. Many jewelers outsource their production to countries where labor and environmental standards are weak or poorly enforced. While this may reduce cost, it often comes at the expense of product quality as well as worker health and safety.

consequences of mining

Metal mining, and gold mining in particular, is one of the most environmentally destructive types of mining with 20 tons of ore required to produce enough gold for a single ring.

  • Water pollution

    and environmental devastation due to dirty mining practices

  • Poor safety

    standards for miners

  • Inhumane labor

    practices

  • rights violations

    of indigenous peoples

RECYCLE your jewelry with us

Send us your gold or platinum jewelry and we will give you a credit towards any Brilliant Earth purchase of equal or greater value based on current metal prices.

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why

GEMSTONES & PEARLS

Our sapphires, emeralds, pearls, and other colored gemstones are carefully tracked to ensure they meet our high standards of social and environmental responsibility.

SAPPHIRES

PEARLS

EMERALDS

SEMIPRECIOUS
GEMSTONES

LABOR CONCERNS

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

COMMUNITY CONCERNS

certificate of origin

At Brilliant Earth we ensure that every gemstone we offer has been handled according to strict labor, trade, and environmental protocols. We track our gemstones from the moment they are mined to their final delivery in order to provide ethically sourced, high-quality gems. By holding our suppliers to a high ethical standard we hope to better the lives of those negatively affected by the mining and trade of gemstones, and to create a viable framework for industry accountability that will benefit the global community.

giving
back

Promoting growth in mining villiages is a fundamental aspect of our mission. We donate 5% of profits to assist communities harmed by the jewelry industry and support initiatives that are designed to improve livelihoods, prevent abuses, protect the environment, and empower local inhabitants.

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IMPROVING
LIVELIHOODS

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PROTECTING
THE ENVIRONMENT

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PREVENTING
ABUSES

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EMPOWERING
COMMUNITIES

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where

Development Diamonds

Brazil

Investing In Youth

Brazil

Medical Aid

Sierra Leone

Land Restoration

Sierra Leone

Human Rights Education

Angola

Community Center

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Child Labor Prevention

Democratic Replubic of the Congo

Responsible Mining

Zimbabwe

Youth Leadership Training

South Africa

Gemology Training

Madagascar

FEATURE INITIATIVE

Child Labor Prevention

Democratic Replubic of the Congo

Brilliant Earth’s investment in the Tukudimuna pilot program aids in the removal of Congolese children from diamond mines and provide an attuned infrastructure that will help foster them into higher education and better economic situations.

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Learn more about our cause and why Brilliant Earth is the leading resource of information on improving ethical practices in the diamond industry.