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The Six C's of Diamond Specifications and Grading

Marc Choyt | Aug 20, 2019 | Ethical Outlooks
Most jewelers describe diamond grading in terms of the four C's: Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat weight. Yet two additional C's are also important. Certification assures that your diamond is what it is being advertised as. Most important of all is the sixth C, Conscience (aka ethics) in diamond sourcing.

Our Ethical Diamond Sources: Canadian Mined, Recycled, and Lab Grown Diamonds

Marc Choyt | Jul 19, 2019 | Makers World
There’s a lot of discussion about lab grown diamonds being more “eco-friendly” than mined diamonds. In truth, this depends on where the lab grown and mined diamond were originated. There’s a huge difference between a small-scale miner finding a diamond in the dirt versus a full-on industrial operation that exists in the Northern territories of Canada.

Reflective Jewelry is Santa Fe, New Mexico’s Green Business of the Year 2019

Marc Choyt | Jun 20, 2019 | Ethical Outlooks
Santa Fe, NM June 20, 2019: Reflective Jewelry, a custom and designer jewelry studio in its 24th year of business, has been named Santa Fe, New Mexico’s Green Business of the year by the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe’s Chamber of Commerce. “This is a great honor, especially given the industry we’re in and the fact that Santa Fe is a green business city,” said Marc Choyt, President of the company.

Your Recycled Gold Wedding Ring Adds 18 Grams of Mercury to the Environment

Marc Choyt | Apr 04, 2019 | Ethical Outlooks
We cannot influence large-scale gold mining. It is the politics of greed. What we can do is focus on the small-scale producers. That is the politics of bread. As long as they are out there mining, the only truly ethical path forward is to help these people mine in a way that supports them to live with dignity while minimizing environmental impact. 

Giving 20% Back

Marc Choyt | Jan 21, 2019 | Ethical Outlooks
You can become a fund-raising partner and receive 20% of purchases gifted back to your nonprofit organization! It’s easy to implement. How much you want to participate is up to you. There is no cost involved, and you can leave the program at any time. 

 

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