Category Archives: Human Rights

“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 […]

Shopping for a Conflict Free Engagement Ring

Earthwise Jewelry® Abigail conflict-free Canadian diamond engagement ring. Crafted in Chicago.

It’s one of the biggest and most symbolic purchases of your life. You want an engagement ring that reflects the ethics and values you two share. But shopping for an ethical engagement ring can be a daunting task, with far too many marketers busy greenwashing the truth. Here’s a short guide to what you should […]

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 […]

Trump EO would allow the sale of conflict minerals

The Trump administration has prepared a draft Executive Order that will suspend the requirement that US firms need to carry out due diligence to ensure that the products they sell do not contain conflict minerals, including gold, from the Democratic Republic of Congo. In what reads like a story from the farcical newspaper The Onion, the draft claims the […]

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 […]

An ethical failure at the UN

Anders Kompass recently resigned from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ending a 17-year career as the director of field operations. Why? He reported on the sexual abuse of children by peacekeepers in Central African Republic in 2014 and was punished by his superiors for doing so. At Leber Jeweler, we’ve worked on a […]

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 […]