Category Archives: Colored Gemstones

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 […]

August’s Birthstone: Peridot

Earthwise Jewelry Stacks peridot ring. By Leber Jeweler.

If you had to pick a color that perfectly captures the late summer grass, peridot green would be that color. A citrus green with overtones of yellow, it’s a great stone to commemorate a birthday, anniversary, or just about any special occasion in August. Shown here in our Stacks ring, it’s a modern take on […]

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 […]

Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’…

Earthwise Jewelry® rolling ring. By Leber Jeweler.

Can’t decide on whether to get a white, yellow, or rose gold wedding band? Why not get all three! Our Earthwise Jewelry® rolling wedding bands. Custom made just for you and available in a variety of widths and finishes in addition to plain or flush set with conflict-free Canadian diamonds or Fair Trade colored gemstones.

From our Workbench- Ma Su Su Three Stone

Earthwise Jewelry Ma Su Su sapphire and diamond engagement ring. By Leber Jeweler Inc.

  Ma Su Su is one of our most popular designs, with its modern, clean lines and low profile. But adding Canadian diamond sides really dresses this classic up! The Ma Su Su Three-Stone ring is shown here with a 3/4 carat blue sapphire in the center, but works great with any fair-trade colored gemstone or one of our conflict-free Canadian […]

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 […]

Handcrafted Jewelry: Why Well-Made Matters

Earthwise Jewelry®. Handcrafted in Chicago.

Every Earthwise Jewelry® piece is made here in Chicago in our workshop. Most companies can’t make that sort of claim. In the world of jewelry, the pride of craft has fallen by the wayside as every company seems focused on being the biggest not the best. So they shift their production “somewhere else.” There’s too […]

Ma Su Su Pavé wedding set

Earthwise Jewelry® Ma Su Su diamond wedding set

One of our most popular designs is the Ma Su Su engagement ring. A simple, elegant setting that lays close to the finger. A great ring for someone with a more active lifestyle. Works wonderfully with either a Canadian diamond or a fair trade colored gemstone as the center stone. When worn together with the […]