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Ethical Jewelry Expose


Giving 20% Back

Marc Choyt | Jan 21, 2019 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
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. 

Fairtrade Gold vs Dirty Gold Infographic

Marc Choyt | Dec 03, 2018 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
The difference between Fairtrade Gold and dirty gold runs deep. Let this handy infographic be your guide! Each link sends you to a short article explaining the aspect in question in a bit more detail. #NoDirtyGold

Ethical Jewelry Exposé Press Release

Marc Choyt | Oct 16, 2018 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
Santa Fe, NM October 17, 2018: Reflective Jewelry announces the publication of the Ethical Jewelry Exposé: Lies, Damn Lies, and Conflict Free Diamonds written by its President, Marc Choyt. This is the first Exposé ever written by a jeweller about the jewelry industry. Choyt’s series of articles unmasks specious trade and consumer narratives behind one of the jewelry trade’s hottest trends.

Responsible Jewellery Council: "A Trade Association"

Marc Choyt | Sep 22, 2018 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
In other words, the Council  is set up to seem like the Marine and Forest Council’s inviting a wide range of parties to the table. But ultimately, the Council is a trade organization.    This kind of specious reasoning—to emphasize one truth to hide a larger, more important truth, is a common theme in our exploration.

Birth of the Ethical Jewelry Movement

Marc Choyt | Sep 21, 2018 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
As we wove our way through traffic on the way to the airport, I learned of his family, who had been diamond diggers in a village of about seventy people. Soldiers walked in at first light, shouting. His mother telling him to run, run.

Ethical Jewelry Manifesto: A Call to Action

Marc Choyt | Sep 21, 2018 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
Concrete action items that can seed a campaign for broad market disruption, opening the way for an ethical jewelry movement in North America based entirely on sourcing from small-scale producer communities.

Table of Contents

Marc Choyt | Sep 21, 2018 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
We begin this Exposé with my call to action, The Ethical Jewelry Manifesto. This is followed by An Ethical Jewelry Parable: The Pure Water People,  followed by a brief introduction of small- and large-scale mining issues.

The Pure Water People Parable

Marc Choyt | Sep 21, 2018 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
As the roar of words draws to a crescendo, Grandpa stands up—and everyone goes silent. He takes his finger and points it straight out, then turns three hundred and sixty degrees. “We are already rich,” he says, quiet but firm. He sits back down.

Jewelry, Neocolonialism, and Strange Fruit

Marc Choyt | Sep 21, 2018 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
The other individual told me of a conversation that took place on a flight while sitting next to the CEO of a major supplier, widely revered as an excellent source by ethical jewelers. The CEO extolled views of workers straight out of apartheid South Africa, circa 1948: hire miners known to have AIDS, because they are more easily disposable.  

Epilogue

Marc Choyt | Sep 21, 2018 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
When a Native American Pueblo elder who I’m close to told me about how his grandmother was enslaved at a mine run by the Spanish, I recalled a report by about Rio Tinto by the London Mining network which described a mine being run under “virtual slave labor.”

 
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