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Jewelry, Neocolonialism, and Strange Fruit

Marc Choyt | Sep 20, 2019 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
The other individual told me of a conversation that took place on a flight while sitting next to the CEO of a major supplier, widely revered as an excellent source by ethical jewelers. The CEO extolled views of workers straight out of apartheid South Africa, circa 1948: hire miners known to have AIDS, because they are more easily disposable.  

Ethical Jewelry Exposé Press Release

Marc Choyt | Oct 16, 2018 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
Santa Fe, NM October 17, 2018: Reflective Jewelry announces the publication of the Ethical Jewelry Exposé: Lies, Damn Lies, and Conflict Free Diamonds written by its President, Marc Choyt. This is the first Exposé ever written by a jeweller about the jewelry industry. Choyt’s series of articles unmasks specious trade and consumer narratives behind one of the jewelry trade’s hottest trends.

Responsible Jewellery Council: "A Trade Association"

Marc Choyt | Sep 22, 2018 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
In other words, the Council  is set up to seem like the Marine and Forest Council’s inviting a wide range of parties to the table. But ultimately, the Council is a trade organization.    This kind of specious reasoning—to emphasize one truth to hide a larger, more important truth, is a common theme in our exploration.

Epilogue

Marc Choyt | Sep 21, 2018 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
When a Native American Pueblo elder who I’m close to told me about how his grandmother was enslaved at a mine run by the Spanish, I recalled a report by about Rio Tinto by the London Mining network which described a mine being run under “virtual slave labor.”

Author's Bio and Acknowledgements

Marc Choyt | Sep 21, 2018 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
After graduating from Brown University with a BA in English/Creating writing in 1984, Marc spent two years in Haiti as a volunteer, working in Mother Teresa’s clinics and running an orphanage. Upon his return, he spent a year in meditation retreat at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, followed by five years of teaching English at a Native American school.

 
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