ethical outlooks

Ethical Outlooks


The Ultimate Brilliant Earth Review: Bullsh*t, or Ethical Jewelry Leaders?

Marc Choyt | Jun 22, 2022 | Ethical Outlooks
Honestly, a small-scale gold miner in Kenya or Peru could not care less about an “ethical” recycled gold wedding ring shipped to you in a recycled paper or wooden box. This ring has zero impact on their lives, and by choosing it over a Fairtrade Gold wedding ring, you are essentially supporting the status quo.

Our Ethical Sapphire Sources

Marc Choyt | May 23, 2022 | Ethical Outlooks
To us, what makes a Sapphire “Ethical” comes down to a few things. One of these is labor conditions at the mine. This includes paying a fair wage, and ensuring safe working conditions. Another is environmental impact. A beautiful engagement ring shouldn’t require environmental degradation. And a third is cutting conditions. Again, this means fair wages and safe conditions.

Our Ethical Diamond Sources: Canadian Mined, Recycled, and Lab Grown Diamonds

Marc Choyt | Apr 04, 2022 | Ethical Outlooks
There’s a lot of discussion about lab grown diamonds being more “eco-friendly” than mined diamonds. In truth, this depends on where the lab grown and mined diamond were originated. There’s a huge difference between a small-scale miner finding a diamond in the dirt versus a full-on industrial operation that exists in the Northern territories of Canada.

Featured Podcasts and Publications

Marc Choyt | Feb 16, 2022 | Ethical Outlooks
As part of our Activism and greater mission to spread awareness of ethical jewelry sourcing, Reflective Jewelry President Marc Choyt often writes freelance articles for trade magazines and appears on podcasts. A frequent topic is his 45,000 word investigative jounalist piece, the Ethical Jewelry Exposé: Lies, Damn Lies, and Conflict Free Diamonds, published in late 2018.

Our Ethical Montana Sapphire Source

Marc Choyt | Feb 16, 2022 | Ethical Outlooks
Choosing a Montana sapphire is a custom experience. We’re a small artisan studio dedicated to producing jewelry that Reflects You in every sense — from the ethical sourcing of gemstones and metals, to the experience of working with a dedicated team of artisans who have cultivated unique skillsets over several decades.

“Eco” Recycled Gold is a Greenwash BS Jewelry Lie

Marc Choyt | Jul 23, 2021 | Ethical Outlooks
The most important question to ask your jeweler is: is this piece traceable from mine to market? And yes, this definitely applies to jewelers who use recycled gold wedding rings.

Our Ethical Rubies

Marc Choyt | Jun 29, 2021 | Ethical Outlooks
Our ethical rubies can be traced from mine to market, and are sourced from companies that have set up operations in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Malawi. On site, the companies work within their own established fair trade protocols, offering excellent wages and social benefits for the larger communities.

The Six C's of Diamond Specifications and Grading

Marc Choyt | Feb 16, 2021 | Ethical Outlooks
Most jewelers describe diamond grading in terms of the four C's: Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat weight. Yet two additional C's are also important. Certification assures that your diamond is what it is being advertised as. Most important of all is the sixth C, Conscience (aka ethics) in diamond sourcing.

Why Fairtrade Gold Costs More

Marc Choyt | Feb 12, 2021 | Ethical Outlooks
The bottom line: with Fairtrade Gold, the people of the land control and benefit from the resources of the land. And you as a consumer can be completely confident that you are making a huge difference to certified mining communities and purchasing the most precious gold in the world.

The Truth About Recycled Gold vs Fairtrade Gold

Marc Choyt | Feb 12, 2021 | Ethical Outlooks
It's a simple fact that recycling precious metals (like gold) is not the same as recycling plastic bottles or aluminum cans. To put it baldly, using recycled gold has absolutely no environmental or humanitarian benefits.

 
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