JEWELRY INDUSTRY

Jewelry Industry Moves Toward More Sustainable and Ethical Supply Chains

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In 1998, the United Nations voted to ban the purchase of blood diamonds from Angola. Since then, the public has become increasingly aware about raw materials whose sale fuels civil conflict, and has shifted focus to other mineral extractions that may be used to fund wars and armed conflict in other African countries and other nations. Today, “conflict minerals” encompasses four key raw materials (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) that are extensively used in all sorts of products – from mobile phones, computers, electronics, automobiles and more.

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