ethical outlooks

Ethical Outlooks


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.

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

Marc Choyt | Jan 29, 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.

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.  

15 Reasons You Should Buy Fairtrade Gold Jewelry vs Recycled Jewelry

Marc Choyt | Sep 18, 2020 | 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.

"Eco-Friendly" Recycled Gold Infographic

Marc Choyt | Mar 18, 2020 | Ethical Outlooks
The more recycled paper we use, the fewer trees we cut down. True. The more recycled gold we use, the less we mine. False.

 
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