Category Archives: Responsible Sourcing

belgium pulverizes its ivory stockpile

(via National Geographic) Belgium joined the U.S., France, Gabon, Chad, China, Zambia, and the Philippines on Wednesday morning, when it became the  latest nation to destroy its ivory stockpile. Read more here.

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rio tinto pulls out of the pebble mine project

More progress regarding the Earthworks Bristol Bay Campaign – (via National Jeweler Network:) London–Yet another miner is un-staking its claim from the proposed Pebble mine in Alaska, leaving the sole owner of the project to hunt for new partners. Read … Continue reading

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ban on elephant ivory effective immediately

(via National Jeweler Network) New York–The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has implemented what is essentially a comprehensive ban on the commercial trade of elephant ivory, which comes as part of the White House’s new strategy for combating wildlife trafficking. … Continue reading

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ivory coast to ‘demand’ united nations lift diamond ban

(via National Jeweler Network) Abidjan, Ivory Coast–After being deemed compliant by the Kimberley Process in November, the Ivory Coast will urge the United Nations to lift its embargo on the nation’s diamond exports at a meeting scheduled for next month, … Continue reading

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progress: the bristol bay pebble mine project is on hold

Linhardt Design is a strong supporter of the Earthworks Bristol Bay campaign and has vowed as a retailer to never use gold from the mine if the project moves forward – but good news is that the project is not … Continue reading

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linhardt design continues to be a proud certified b corp!

Linhardt Design was an early adopter of the BCorp Certification and we recently just renewed our pledge. What does that mean? Take a look here.

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dates set for tender of marange diamonds

Still not thrilled about this – read the latest about Zimbabwe diamonds via National Jeweler Network: Antwerp–The first tender of rough diamonds from the Marange region of Zimbabwe in Antwerp will take place this week, Botswana-based diamond company First Element (Pty.) … Continue reading

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kimberley process claims ivory coast diamonds are compliant

Linhardt Design urges for a new definition of the Kimberley Process especially due to its latest news – check this out (via National Jeweler Network) Johannesburg–Though there is no new definition for conflict, members of the Kimberley Process did pave the … Continue reading

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‘conflict’ definition of diamonds seems unlikely to change

(via the National Jeweler Network:) Johannesburg–Last year at this time, the stage was set for a climatic meeting in Washington, with the Kimberley Process voting on an issue that had been debated and discussed all year: broadening the definition of “conflict” … Continue reading

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ngo criticizes european union for lifting zimbabwe sanctions

(via National Jeweler Network) Brussels–A decision by European Union to lift sanctions against a state-run diamond mining company in Zimbabwe is drawing criticism from the same non-governmental organization that exited the Kimberley Process over issues in the nation. (read more … Continue reading

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u.s. extends ban on burmese gemstones

via National Jeweler Network: Washington–Despite some democratic progress in Myanmar (formerly Burma)–and reports that perhaps the import sanctions on gemstones may be lifted–President Barack Obama has extended the ban on Burmese rubies and jade… (read more here)

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gia recognized as one of the most ethical companies in the world

We are proud to say that all Linhardt diamonds come with certification from the Gemological Institute of America – who have recently been recognized as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2013″ by the Ethisphere Institute! Read more … Continue reading

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