Category Archives: Conflict-Free Diamonds

Canadian Diamond Earrings

Classic diamond stud earrings are the perfect accessory. From denim to dress, their simplicity makes them a wardrobe staple. At Leber Jeweler, we believe beauty and responsibility go together. All our 18k gold or platinum diamond earrings are hand-crafted in our Chicago workshop using genuine Canadian origin diamonds. While many jewelers claim their diamonds are […]

When “conflict” isn’t conflict?

The Kimberley Process Intersessional is being held this week and it appears unlikely the KP will reform the definition of “conflict diamonds” this year.  As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, the definition of a “conflict diamond” under the KP’s working language is so limited that it fails to take into account any violence or bloodshed that […]

These Election Results Brought to You by the Letter “D”

With the “D” being diamonds, it really comes as no surprise that Robert Mugabe has won Zimbabwe’s election by a “landslide” as dictatorships are apt to do. Based on the results of an election with “record turnouts” which included an estimated two million dead people who were registered to vote, this means that his political […]

In Support of a Human Rights Activist in Angola

I’ve known human rights activist and journalist Rafael Marques de Morais for several years now. His work raising awareness of the plight of diamond miners in Angola is remarkable and we’ve done what we can to support his efforts. For many years, the private security services hired to protect diamond mining concessions operated by civilian business partners […]

New from our Workbench

One of our newest designs is the Barbara Pavé. Two intertwining bead-set Canadian diamond milgrain edge bands with a prong-set center stone of your choosing. Diamond, sapphire, whichever you please. They all look great! Available in 18k white gold alloyed with palladium, 18k yellow gold, or 950 platinum. Starting at $1,975.

New from our Workbench

We’re starting the New Year out with some new designs. Here’s a reclaimed platinum necklace set with a fair trade 4.23ct blue sapphire surrounded by Canadian diamonds. It was made here in our Chicago workshop so it’s both ethically-made as well as beautiful! We hope you like it.

Kimberley Process Lowers the Bar…Again

Despite the objections from a number of civil society groups, the Kimberley Process has decided to withdraw monitors and allow unhindered exports of diamonds from Zimbabwe’s troubled Marange region. One of the main concerns remaining is that revenue from Zimbabwe’s diamonds is being used to directly fund Robert Mugabe, his allies, and the political party […]

KP Chair Calls for New Definition of Conflict Diamonds

Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic, the US chair of the Kimberley Process, called on KP participants to arrive at a new definition for conflict diamonds to keep pace with global issues and respond to consumers’ desire for conflict-free diamonds. To date, the Kimberley Process has defined conflict diamonds as “rough diamonds used by armed rebel groups” to fund […]

CBS Chicago’s Best Jewelry Designers List

We are honored to make the list of the best jewelry designers in Chicago, as selected by CBS Chicago. At Leber Jeweler, we strive to combine good design with ethical materials with our Earthwise Jewelry® Collection and thank the writer for acknowledging our work in these areas.

Conflict Diamonds & India

This week, Customs officials in India issued an alert that conflict diamonds are finding their way into India for processing which are then exported to the US and EU. According to the Times of India, investigations revealed that the diamonds were of Zimbabwean origin and were smuggled into India via Kenya. According to the Indian […]