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Archive for the ‘Ethical Business Practices’ Category

The plight of the Rohingya

“A textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” These are the words used by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein describing the treatment of the Rohingya people. What is happening right now in Burma (Myanmar) may very well go down in history as genocide should the world fail to act. The number of Rohingya fleeing […]

A Tribute from US Senate floor

We are both honored and flattered that Senator Dick Durbin recognized our work in support of responsible sourcing, human rights and the environment on the Senate floor on February 28th. We believe that taking a stand on any of the subjects we tackle and engaging where we can is the least we can do, both as […]

Montana Sapphire

At Leber Jeweler, we love ethically procured gemstones, especially those that are truly unique. One of the finest sources we use for our sapphires that grace rings in our Earthwise Jewelry Collection comes from Rock Creek, Montana. Stunning minty blue-green sapphires unlike any you’ll find from any corner of the globe. Our partner with these […]

Trump EO would allow the sale of conflict minerals

The Trump administration has prepared a draft Executive Order that will suspend the requirement that US firms need to carry out due diligence to ensure that the products they sell do not contain conflict minerals, including gold, from the Democratic Republic of Congo. In what reads like a story from the farcical newspaper The Onion, the draft claims the […]

Leber Jeweler Inc statement on ending Burma sanctions

At Leber Jeweler Inc, we are greatly disappointed by President Obama’s announcement that he will end all sanctions on Burma (aka Myanmar), including the ban on the importation of Burmese ruby and jadeite. These gemstones continue to fuel ongoing conflict in places like the Burmese state of Kachin, financially reward many individuals who have long […]

Burma gem sanctions to continue in 2016

While the US has removed most sanctions against this SE Asian nation, the ban on the importation of Burmese ruby and jade remains. This, along with a prohibition on investment with the military in addition to targeted sanctions against a few specific individuals is the core of the punitive measures kept in place my the United States. There’s […]

The Biggest Natural Resource Heist in Modern History

We were leaders in helping to expose the myriad of issues with Burma’s gem trade, both in the US and internationally. Funding military abuses against civilians, feeding into a shadow economy control by drug empires, and fueling violent conflicts that led this Southeast Asian country into a free fall, the gem trade in Burma has long been a sector […]

Handcrafted Jewelry: Why Well-Made Matters

Every Earthwise Jewelry® piece is made here in Chicago in our workshop. Most companies can’t make that sort of claim. In the world of jewelry, the pride of craft has fallen by the wayside as every company seems focused on being the biggest not the best. So they shift their production “somewhere else.” There’s too […]

A River Runs…Orange

Gold mining. That’s to blame. In this case, a contractor, working for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inadvertently let loose 3 million gallons of heavy metal-filled waste water that has turned the Animas River in Southern Colorado orange. The Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado, is one of a large number of abandoned small mines […]

Two Jewelers Take a Stand

A short while ago, we were approached by a coalition of NGOs hoping to get retail jewelers to speak up on behalf of investigative journalist, Rafael Marques de Morais, whose book Blood Diamonds: Corruption and Torture in Angola, features detailed accounts of torture and human rights abuses in Angola’s diamond sector. We have known Rafael for many years and […]