Discussing Fair Trade Around the World (and Around the Corner)

I just finished up being a participant in a panel discussion called “Fair Trade: Is it Just an International Issue?” hosted by Foresight Design.  There was a very interesting exchange (debate?) between two of the other participants on the panel. (One was a representative from a fair trade retailer that sells home décor made by […]

Putting on My Guest Lecturer Hat for DePaul U

I must have done reasonably well last time since I was asked back to DePaul University to guest lecture again. This time I gave a talk entitled, “Diamonds & Conflict: A Search for an Ethical Global Solution.” I tried to tackle the complexity of the issue and highlight the fact that a sound international trade […]

Working with Sen. Obama on Burmese Human Rights Abuses

Good news. As a follow-up to our meeting back in November, today in the US Senate, Illinois Senator Barack Obama introduced the following: Mr. President, I rise today to call attention to the heroic efforts of Dr. Cynthia Maung and her Mae Tao clinic to provide hope on the border of Thailand and Burma. Dr. […]

Traveling with an “Unsung Hero of Compassion”: Dr. Cynthia Maung of Burma

I had a very busy day in Washington DC. I’m glad to be catching my flight home shortly. A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend an award ceremony in California. The Dalai Lama was presenting Dr. Cynthia Maung with the Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award. While it would have been an incredible opportunity […]

Exploring Ethics and Diamonds with College Students, and on Capitol Hill

I was a guest lecturer at DePaul University this morning. I gave a talk entitled “Ethics and the International Diamond Trade.” It seemed to go well. The more questions I get asked the more I feel I got some people to think about these issues. Ethics is at the core of everything we do and […]

Leber Jeweler Inc Featured in Real Money Magazine

There’s a short bit about us in the latest issue of Real Money. In an article called “Digging for Ethical Gems.” They give some attention to the neglected area of issues surrounding colored gemstones. Considering the amount of child labor and other human rights abuses involved with colored gems, I’m glad to see some press […]

Conscious ChoiceMagazine Profiles Leber Jeweler Inc as the First Socially Responsible Jeweler

There’s an article about us in Conscious Choice magazine called “Diamonds: No One’s Best Friend?” It talks about our advocacy and efforts as the first jeweler to offer socially responsible jewelry. We have a lot of firsts under our belt. We were the first to speak out on the conflict diamond issue. We were the […]

Advocating for Ethical Jewelry, and Ethical Living

I’ve been quoted by the trade publication Professional Jeweler in a story entitled “Branding with a Conscience.” The editor in chief of this publication, Peggy Jo Donahue, is one of the strongest advocates for reform in the jewelry industry and I am always pleased when I can offer my input to any of her work. […]