responsible jewellery council

responsible jewellery council

Responsible Jewellery Council Chain Of Custody Scheme Exposed

Marc Choyt | Sep 18, 2020 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
How about certified Council member Newmont Mining Corporation, the second-largest gold producer in the world? They allegedly illegally seized land from indigenous people in Peru, as determined by Peruvian courts, in order to create a five-billion dollar gold mine. Yet I see no evidence that this incident was investigated under the Council ’s code of conduct.

Human Rights Watch's Behind the Bling: A Strategic Analysis

Marc Choyt | Sep 18, 2020 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
What’s particularly tricky is the present moment. In personal relationships and negotiations, small signs of bad faith can be easily bypassed by the optimism of the possible. It’s hard to see the shadowy movement on the peripheral of your vision just as daylight is swallowed by the night, especially over a glass of fine wine.

Responsible Jewellery Council: "A Trade Association"

Marc Choyt | Sep 18, 2020 | 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.

Jewelry, Neocolonialism, and Strange Fruit

Marc Choyt | Jan 21, 2020 | 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.


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