A classic Earthwise Jewelry® Petunia necklace set with December’s featured fair trade gemstone, blue zircon. This particular 0.87ct specimen originated in Cambodia and is set in 18k white gold alloyed with palladium. Exceptionally bright (it has a higher refractive index than diamond) and a rich steely blue hue, the color on this gem is spectacular! Click here for all the details.
With all the news stories talking about the shopping mall madness and mayhem (that actually now begins on Thanksgiving eve), it makes me think something is wrong. I have no doubt whoever came up with this grand idea is at home in front of the fire while they make others go to work at 2 in the morning. When the idea of a national day of giving thanks was first being bandied about, I don’t think getting a great deal on a wide screen TV even made the short list of things we should be thankful for. (Granted, there weren’t TVs in the 18th century, but you see my point.)
I know I may sound a bit hypocritical in that we are a retail business that sells things, but we still believe sometimes the best answer really is to use less since there is a lot more to this life than shopping and consumerism.
Now before I spend too much time on my soapbox, I just want to take a moment and offer our thanks to all of those who have and continue to support what we do. All of us at Leber Jeweler wish you a Happy and Peaceful Thanksgiving.
Now go and enjoy your weekend. Spend time with friends or family. Be thankful for the little things in our too-short lives and take some time to read a good book or enjoy the quiet of nature. And don’t worry too much about shopping. Christmas is still 28 days away.
The Kimberley Process Intersessional is being held this week and it appears unlikely the KP will reform the definition of “conflict diamonds” this year. As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, the definition of a “conflict diamond” under the KP’s working language is so limited that it fails to take into account any violence or bloodshed that occurs outside of that committed by “rebel movements” with the specific aim of “undermining legitimate governments.”
According to KP Chairman Welile Nhlapo the process wasn’t created to end human rights abuses or take retributive action against sovereign states. (Ironically, most jewelers will erroneously tell you their diamonds aren’t blood diamonds specifically because of the Kimberley Process.) In the next breath he advocated for the US to lift their ban on Zimbabwe’s diamonds, despite the fact some of the worst violence and corruption has been associated with Zimbabwe’s diamond trade.
One can easily tell on which side his bread is buttered.
At Leber Jeweler, we offer Canadian diamonds because they are the one sure guarantee the diamond you are purchasing did not fund any violence. This is a promise the KP is failing to fulfill. We remain committed to our long-held belief that until the Kimberley Process sees fit to include all forms of conflict in their definition of a “conflict diamond,” one should see the KP as nothing more than a marketing device for the global diamond trade, and not a joint initiative “to stem the flow of conflict diamonds” like they claim.
After last week’s vote in the Illinois House, the Governor will sign the bill officially making same-sex marriage in Illinois legal on November 20th.
Illinois will become this nation’s fifteenth state to make same-sex marriage a legal right during a signing ceremony at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 20.
If you’d like to attend the signing of this long-awaited legislation, you can register here. It isn’t every day you get an invitation to witness history being made!
And congratulations to Sandy and Shannon! You make a great couple.
As Fall turns to Winter and shadows grow longer, the trees here in the Midwest have all turned beautiful shades of golds, oranges and reds. It made me realize how appropriate this color is for this time of year and I wanted to share one of our latest gemological finds.
This particular gemstone is a stunning 2.08ct oval yellow sapphire. ($3,200.) It’s one of a number of newly acquired colored stones we offer as part of our wide selection of fair trade colored gemstones in hues appropriate for any season.
Here at Leber Jeweler, we’re huge fans of rare and exotic colored stones, priding ourselves on our collection of fine gemological specimens. No matter what your budget may be, we’d be thrilled to help you with your search for the perfect colored gemstone.
The Illinois House today approved a bill that will make Illinois the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he would sign the bill into law should it reach his desk. The vote was 61-54.
It’s been a long road but one we’ve supported every step of the way. To us, it is a fundamental human rights issue. We are pleased to see a majority of Illinois lawmakers voted to make sure our home state is on the correct side of history.
Every individual should have the right to marry any person they love, regardless of gender. Here in Illinois, it’s looking like that will soon be possible.
A new addition to our collection is the vintage inspired Abigail, a tribute to former First Lady, women’s rights advocate, and abolitionist Abigail Adams. A classic hand-crafted ornate scroll design engagement setting with a companion wedding band with either diamond pavé or plain shoulders. Prong-set with the center stone of your choosing. Diamond, sapphire, or something rare and unusual. They all look classic!
Available in 18k white gold alloyed with palladium, 18k yellow gold, or 950 platinum. Starting at $2,100 for the set. (Center stone additional.)
“If we mean to have Heroes, Statesmen and Philosophers, we should have learned women.” -Abigail Adams
British mining giant Anglo American — the lead company behind the potentially devastating Pebble Mine — has announced they are immediately withdrawing from the project! We’ve been working on this issue since 2008 and thanks to a lot of hard work on the part of several groups and individuals, including you, we’ve accomplished a major victory.
In May 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a Revised Draft Watershed Assessment and it concluded the proposed mine would be even more detrimental to the Bristol Bay salmon fishery than originally believed. A final version is expected to be released this fall, followed by a decision from the EPA on initiating the 404c process. This would allow the EPA to restrict or prohibit mine waste disposal in Bristol Bay streams and wetlands, putting an end to this mining project permanently.
Northern Dynasty Minerals, a Canadian company — must now go it alone in trying to push through the controversial project in the face of significant opposition. It’s unlikely that Northern Dynasty can put the massive mine into production without significant funding from another giant investment partner like Anglo American.
As environmentalists in both our personal and professional lives as well as being the designers of Earthwise Jewelry, the first line of socially responsible fine jewelry, we were among the first supporters of the No Dirty Gold campaign to end destructive mining practices. Simply put, their campaign fit perfectly with our company’s mission and ongoing efforts.
This week, as part of a series of interviews with NDG retailers, we were selected to lead off the conversation, talking about how we got started in the jewelry business and what motivated us to join their campaign.
“As one of the first and oldest jewelry companies wholly committed to social responsibility, it is simply in our DNA. One shouldn’t need to consult a set of rules to know right from wrong.”
Click here for the interview in full.
As a company with a ninety-two year history of crafting our jewelry here in the United States, we’ve long held the belief that made in America works. This is true for our country as a whole as well as for the communities in which we all live. At Leber Jeweler Inc, all our Earthwise Jewelry is made here in our Chicago workshop to ensure our highest social and environmental standards are met.
Currently, most jewelry you see at your local jeweler both large and small is produced overseas, often under sweatshop-like conditions. This is reflective of a larger shift across broad sectors that has cost the United States 5 million manufacturing jobs since 2000, as many companies have sought to outsource production to locales where human rights, labor, and environmental issues are hardly an issue and low cost labor is reliant on an often-exploited populace.
We believe global trade needs to benefit all parties along the entire length of the supply chain for it to be considered successful. It cannot be predicated on a reliance on underpaid labor in the developing world. While many large companies turn a blind eye to the exploitation in the name of increasing their own corporate profits, this strategy only costs American jobs by creating an uneven competitive playing field. It also forces developing countries’ workforces into the untenable choice between working for below-living wages or not working at all.
A new film entitled American Made Movie explores the topic of outsourcing and the potential for US economic revival. It makes the case that American manufacturing is still viable and that its survival is critical to our economy. To quote one interviewee, “What the country is realizing now is, making things is important.” It’s showing in several US cities, including here in Chicago from August 30 through September 5.
It’s good business to invest in our own communities and to know the true costs of goods in terms of social and environmental impact, so we encourage you to examine the origin of the products you buy. Whether it’s food, clothing or jewelry, you can make a difference that will affect our country’s and our world’s future.
You can watch the film trailer here.