ethical outlooks

Ethical Outlooks


The Ultimate Brilliant Earth Review: Bullsh*t, or Ethical Jewelry Leaders?

Marc Choyt | Nov 12, 2021 | Ethical Outlooks
Honestly, a small-scale gold miner in Kenya or Peru could not care less about an “ethical” recycled gold wedding ring shipped to you in a recycled paper or wooden box. This ring has zero impact on their lives, and by choosing it over a Fairtrade Gold wedding ring, you are essentially supporting the status quo.

“Eco” Recycled Gold is a Greenwash BS Jewelry Lie

Marc Choyt | Jul 23, 2021 | Ethical Outlooks
The most important question to ask your jeweler is: is this piece traceable from mine to market? And yes, this definitely applies to jewelers who use recycled gold wedding rings.

Our Ethical Rubies

Marc Choyt | Jun 29, 2021 | Ethical Outlooks
Our ethical rubies can be traced from mine to market, and are sourced from companies that have set up operations in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Malawi. On site, the companies work within their own established fair trade protocols, offering excellent wages and social benefits for the larger communities.

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

Marc Choyt | Mar 01, 2021 | Ethical Outlooks
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.

The Six C's of Diamond Specifications and Grading

Marc Choyt | Feb 16, 2021 | 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.

The Truth About Recycled Gold vs Fairtrade Gold

Marc Choyt | Feb 12, 2021 | Ethical Outlooks
It's a simple fact that recycling precious metals (like gold) is not the same as recycling plastic bottles or aluminum cans. To put it baldly, using recycled gold has absolutely no environmental or humanitarian benefits.

Chief Bev Sellers On Mining, Activism and Cultural Resiliency

Marc Choyt | Feb 12, 2021 | Ethical Outlooks
My sister, among many of my family, is a hunter. Because of the impact of mining on water and plants, some deer and moose liver are spotted from disease. Organ meat is where you first see the damage. My sister had to leave a whole moose in the bush because it was full of sores, something no one in our community had seen before.

Why Fairtrade Gold Costs More

Marc Choyt | Feb 12, 2021 | Ethical Outlooks
The bottom line: with Fairtrade Gold, the people of the land control and benefit from the resources of the land. And you as a consumer can be completely confident that you are making a huge difference to certified mining communities and purchasing the most precious gold in the world.

Boycott Conflict Free Diamonds

Marc Choyt | Jan 05, 2021 | Ethical Outlooks
Using the term “conflict free diamonds” is a denial of history, an affirmation that you can kill millions of people and get away with it. Not one person in the diamond sector has ever been personally held accountable for wars funded by diamonds in the ‘80s and ’90s. The term “conflict free diamonds” is the same as saying “Black African lives don’t matter.”

Giving 20% Back Partners & Affiliates

Marc Choyt | Nov 18, 2020 | Ethical Outlooks
We are grateful to the following organizations who share our work and vision for a more just and sustainable world with their communities. Entering the code after their name at checkout means that we will donate 20% of the order (excluding diamonds) back to them.  

 
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