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Alrosa Mine Flooding Incident Leaves 8 Missing

On August 4, 2017, a flooding incident occurred at an Alrosa diamond mine in Russia.

143 miners have been rescued; however, eight miners remain missing. Hundreds of people have been working to rescue the remaining miners. Alrosa said they have halted production at the mine while rescue efforts continue. An investigation has been launched by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation to look into whether there were violations of safety rules at the mine.

The mine is located in the remote Yakutia region of eastern Siberia. The mining site accounted for 11% of Alrosa’s production in the first half of 2017.

Brilliant Earth identifies a country of origin for its diamonds, including our Russian diamonds, so that consumers can make an informed purchasing decision. As part of this commitment to transparency, we also think it’s important to educate consumers about current events that may impact their decision. We are closely monitoring the situation and will provide further updates as new information becomes available. View further information on Alrosa and their practices.

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