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Responsible Sourcing

Few of the world's diamonds meet Brilliant Earth's standards for ethical sourcing and exceptional quality.

Beyond Conflict FreeTM Diamonds

Brilliant Earth goes above and beyond the current industry standards to offer Beyond Conflict FreeTM Diamonds that have been selected for their ethical and environmentally responsible origins. Jewelers that offer “conflict free” diamonds are limiting themselves to the Kimberley Process’ definition, which narrowly defines conflict diamonds as rough diamonds used to finance wars against governments.

Our suppliers demonstrate a robust chain of custody protocol for their diamonds and have the ability to track and segregate diamonds by origin. These suppliers are required to source diamonds that originate from specific mine operators who follow internationally recognized labor, trade, and environmental standards. Our company and our provenance claims for natural diamonds are independently audited and verified.

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Recycled Precious Metals

As part of our commitment to environmental responsibility, our gold jewelry is crafted from primarily recycled precious materials. Because our recycled metals are refined back into their pure elements, they are of the same high quality as newly mined metals. Current disruptions in the supply chain at this time may affect the availability of recycled precious metal. Brilliant Earth remains committed to sourcing recycled materials when possible.

Dirty gold mining has a history of civil war, labor abuses, and environmental devastation. Our objective is to diminish the negative impacts of dirty gold by reducing the demand for newly mined metals.

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Where We Source From

Lab Created Diamonds

Lab created diamonds are grown in highly controlled laboratory environments using advanced technological processes that duplicate the conditions under which diamonds naturally develop. Lab created diamonds display the same physical, chemical, and optical characteristics as natural diamonds, and exhibit the same fire, scintillation, and sparkle. Lab created diamonds offer excellent value and are a responsible choice as they do not require any diamond mining.

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Recycled Diamonds

Recycled diamonds are a responsible choice. These diamonds have been mined, cut, and polished, were previously purchased, and are now being made available again. Because they are repurposed after a prior purchase, these diamonds require no new mining. This reduces the demand for new diamond mining and avoids perpetuating ongoing abuses. Our recycled diamonds have been graded by an independent gemological lab, so can be compared to newly mined diamonds for their quality characteristics.

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FSC Certified Packaging

Our responsibly sourced wood ring boxes are designed to be as iconic as the jewelry they hold. They are crafted with wood sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests, which are responsibly managed to protect the forests for future generations. Our shipping packaging also comes from responsibly managed sources. We continuously strive to reduce our packaging as part of our continued commitment to reducing our environmental footprint. For ring orders over $1,000 with diamonds or gemstones, we also include a complimentary non-toxic biodegradable jewelry cleaner. It is not included for gemstones with which the cleaner should not be used, such as pearls.

CarbonFree® Commitment

As part our commitment to sustainability, we're proud to announce that we are now Carbonfree®. After calculating our carbon footprint, we partnered with to offset our carbon emissions by contributing to Tropical Rainforest Conservation in Brazil.

The Tropical Rainforest Conservation project focuses on protecting 750,000 acres of tropical rainforest in Brazil, helping to reduce global carbon emissions, conserve the habitat for many threatened and endangered species of plants and animals, and improve the local water quality. We will continue identifying ways to reduce our footprint and offsetting emissions that we cannot eliminate.

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Colored Gemstones

Colored gemstones are a vibrant and distinctive choice, and have been sought after for centuries. We strive to offer gemstones sourced in alignment with safe working conditions and environmentally responsible principles. Many obstacles still exist in obtaining information about gemstone mining conditions around the world which makes it challenging to trace some gemstone origins and track the conditions under which they were mined.

By continually working with our colored gemstone suppliers to improve standards and traceability, we strive to promote higher standards for gemstone sourcing to transform dangerous mining conditions and encourage responsible practices. For instance, many of our sapphires originate from Sri Lanka, where miners employ techniques that minimize impact to the environment and operate in small cooperatives that share the costs, labor, and profits from the sale of gemstones.

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