ethical outlooks

Ethical Outlooks


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 | 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.

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. 

Fairtrade Gold vs Dirty Gold Infographic

Marc Choyt | Dec 03, 2018 | Ethical Outlooks
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

Fair Trade Jewelry Manufacturing Principles and Standards

Marc Choyt | Sep 17, 2018 | Ethical Outlooks
The initial impetus for a working group to establish principles and standards for fair trade manufacturing came from a cross sector ethical meeting sponsored by the Madison Dialogue and the World Bank in Washington DC, in October, 2007.  This watershed event brought together representatives from business and civil society, many of whom had been working on their own initiatives.

Fair Trade Jewelry Manufacturing: Collaborative White Paper

Marc Choyt | Sep 15, 2018 | Ethical Outlooks
The 2007 Madison Dialogue World Bank meeting on ethical and fair trade jewelry led to several working groups. See here the manufacturing standards and principles document that resulted from two years of dialogue between jewelry manufacturers.

"Eco-Friendly" Recycled Gold Infographic

Marc Choyt | Aug 03, 2018 | 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.

Paving the Way for Women in the Gem Industry, Thank You Auntie Shamsa

Jess Gantos | Apr 27, 2018 | Ethical Outlooks
It has not been common for women to be miners in Tanzania, but there has been an increase of women miners over the years. Yet, still not as many as male miners.

 
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