Category Archives: Burma

“All the forests and jewels are gone, all good things will be smuggled.”

When we first saw the pictures from Burma, we realized these young people were about the same age as the ones who would have attended the school we were asked to help get built over a decade ago. They even offered to name the school after us, but that would be tasteless. A dose of […]

Ethical Eco Friendly Jewelry

Ethical eco-friendly jewelry has been growing in popularity since we first launched the Earthwise Jewelry® collection back in the 1990s. Back then, the few small companies working in this field, while few and far between, were each genuinely committed in their own way to making the jewelry industry a better place. It was an uphill […]

The plight of the Rohingya

“A textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” These are the words used by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein describing the treatment of the Rohingya people. What is happening right now in Burma (Myanmar) may very well go down in history as genocide should the world fail to act. The number of Rohingya fleeing […]

A Tribute from US Senate floor

We are both honored and flattered that Senator Dick Durbin recognized our work in support of responsible sourcing, human rights and the environment on the Senate floor on February 28th. We believe that taking a stand on any of the subjects we tackle and engaging where we can is the least we can do, both as […]

US and the Burma gem ban

I was a guest on WBEZ’s Worldview, with Jerome McDonnell, to talk about the implications of President Obama’s announcement he will be ending the sanctions on Burma and to offer my critique on the decision. You can listen to the full segment here.

Leber Jeweler Inc statement on ending Burma sanctions

Leber Jeweler Inc

At Leber Jeweler Inc, we are greatly disappointed by President Obama’s announcement that he will end all sanctions on Burma (aka Myanmar), including the ban on the importation of Burmese ruby and jadeite. These gemstones continue to fuel ongoing conflict in places like the Burmese state of Kachin, financially reward many individuals who have long […]

July’s Birthstone: Ruby

Earthwise Jewelry Amelia leaf ruby ring. By Leber Jeweler.

The perfect color for the peak of summer. While much of the world’s ruby, which was mined in Burma, has funded violence, ours is conflict-free! Our classic Amelia is the perfect companion to a fine ruby and, with the added detailing of hand-engraved leaves, your love of nature stands from and center. Available in white […]

Burma gem sanctions to continue in 2016

While the US has removed most sanctions against this SE Asian nation, the ban on the importation of Burmese ruby and jade remains. This, along with a prohibition on investment with the military in addition to targeted sanctions against a few specific individuals is the core of the punitive measures kept in place my the United States. There’s […]

The Biggest Natural Resource Heist in Modern History

We were leaders in helping to expose the myriad of issues with Burma’s gem trade, both in the US and internationally. Funding military abuses against civilians, feeding into a shadow economy control by drug empires, and fueling violent conflicts that led this Southeast Asian country into a free fall, the gem trade in Burma has long been a sector […]

Burma’s First Cardinal Speaks Out

We first met Charles Maung Bo (or Father Charles as he likes to be called) many years back and we had a wonderful, conversation-filled dinner at a small Thai restaurant. When one pictures a Roman Catholic church official, one conjures up an image of formality. But Father Charles, who at the time was Burma’s first Archbishop, […]