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Why we’re telling the Responsible Jewellery Council to clean up or shut down

July 28, 2015 • Shreema Mehta

Last week, we blogged about a Peruvian news investigation that linked American and European companies to illegal and destructive gold mining in the Amazon rainforest.

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The Jewelry Industry’s Role in Illegal Amazon Destruction

June 29, 2015 • Shreema Mehta

A recently published investigative report by Peruvian investigative news site OjoPúblico traced some of the dirtiest gold  — illegally extracted, mercury processed gold from the Amazon — to large American and European companies — including two certified by the Responsible Jewelry Council, a controversial, industry-exclusive gold and diamonds certification system.

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Valentine’s Day 2015 Fact Sheet

February 5, 2015 • Earthworks

Signet claims to responsibly source its diamonds and gold as a cofounder of the RJC. But its relationship with Rio Tinto demonstrates otherwise.

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Valentine’s Day 2015 Fact Sheet

February 5, 2015 • Earthworks

Information about jewelry’s relationship to gold demand, and the mining impacts associated with it.

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Earthworks letter to Signet

February 3, 2015 • Jennifer Krill

Earthworks’ Executive Director Jennifer Krill’s letter to Signet CEO Mark Light regarding their sourcing from Rio Tinto and upholding their Golden Rules commitment.

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Lethal Metals

June 17, 2014 • Earthworks
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This Valentine’s Day, Say NO to Dirty Gold

February 12, 2014 • Alan Septoff

Valentine’s Day is almost here. Whatever your stance on consumerism or manufactured holidays, it’s one of the biggest gift giving days of the year.  Millions of people in the United States and around the world will be expressing their love with gifts.

According to National Jeweler, 20 percent of these gift-givers will be giving jewelry, and they’ll spend $4 billion doing so. Unfortunately, much of this Valentine’s Day jewelry is tarnished with dirty gold that's tarnished by human rights abuses and pollution.

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100 jewelers say ‘no’ to dirty gold on Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2014 • Earthworks' No Dirty Gold campaign

Feb 11, WASHINGTON, DC – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, over 100 of the world’s leading jewelry retailers– including 8 of the top 10 in the US– have committed to more responsible metals sourcing by signing the No Dirty Gold campaign’s Golden Rules.

“Dirty gold just isn’t romantic,” said Payal Sampat of Earthworks’ No Dirty Gold campaign. “Retailers don’t want consumers to associate gold jewelry with polluted rivers and child labor, and they are joining us in calling on the mining industry to clean up its act.”