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Latest Jewelry News

In Paris, a Former School Has Become a Creative Hive

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Sun, 03/12/2023 - 09:10
About 100 artists, musicians and artisans fill a building known as Le Doc with their work.
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Jewelry With a Focus on Nature

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Sun, 03/12/2023 - 09:06
The Spanish designer Luz Camino puts an emphasis on realism, particularly in her flower and fruit brooches.
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Jewelry Fans Recognize Their Favorites

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Sun, 03/12/2023 - 09:06
Many smaller jewelry brands incorporate details that become signatures. “It’s kind of a hidden, secret club,” one retailer said.
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The Desert Rose of Qatar

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Sun, 03/12/2023 - 09:04
Jewelry makers have been inspired by the unusual crystal formation, a kind of national emblem in this tiny desert state.
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Chaumet Has a Passion for History

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Sun, 03/12/2023 - 09:02
An archivist at the Paris jeweler’s headquarters talks about the purpose of its holdings and shares a few tales.
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Jewelry Archives Are Being Put to Work

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Sun, 03/12/2023 - 09:02
Houses find that their hoards of vintage pieces, design documentation and sbits of history can help drive sales.
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Maurice Lacroix Launches Aikon #tide Mahindra

JustLuxe - Fri, 03/10/2023 - 00:09

Maurice Lacroix merges its ongoing role as the official timer of Mahindra Racing with its eco-friendly Aikon #tide collection to launch the Aikon #tide Mahindra. 


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Louis Vuitton Builds an Astral Automaton

JustLuxe - Fri, 03/10/2023 - 00:08

La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton earlier this year unveiled the impressive Louis Vuitton Tambour Jacquema


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‘Beautiful, Forgotten Watches’ Are Getting Second Lives

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 03/08/2023 - 10:04
A Thai jewelry designer customizes vintage timekeepers while honoring their imperfections.
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Of Cartier and Crocodiles

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 03/08/2023 - 10:00
The house’s creations for the Mexican star María Félix, like her double baby croc necklace and La Doña watches, are part of an exhibition opening in Mexico City.
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Earth Day Gifts & Ways to Celebrate

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 03/07/2023 - 15:00

Earth Day is a time to clear your conscience by clearing our landfills, air, and oceans. In this guide, we share how each of us can have an eco-friendly impact. We even get into Earth Day gifts, such as nature jewelry, because on a day of planet positivity, there should be pockets of joy.

What is Earth Day?

Every year on April 22, Earth Day invites us to be more thoughtful and intentional in our daily lives so that we can leave the world better than we found it. We take steps to protect our natural environment and slow down to admire its beauty. We reassess our routines, and we’re reminded to look at our areas of excess. Then we find ways to eliminate waste and clean up our communities. While some go as far as celebrating Earth Week and Earth Month, for the environmentally conscious, Earth Day can be every day.

Why is Earth Day so important?

Doing the environment a service today is a favor to your future self. Your efforts to be earth-friendly can slow the climate crisis and help ensure that we not only survive, but that the planet we inherit is worth inhabiting. We take the day to improve our behaviors so that we can encourage biodiversity for healthy soil, waterways, and air. Earth Day also reminds us we’re sharing the planet with other species, and embraces that unselfish connection, helping us remember what matters: honoring the one home we’ve got.

Why Climate Action Matters

As the environment and climate becomes more volatile, that means the less of the planet we have to appreciate. And with harsher conditions, less time to do so. The green revolution unites us against extreme weather. Acting against pollution and deforestation lessens the frequency and severity of natural disasters; droughts and floods, rampant wildfires and the smoggy aftermath, all leading to food and water scarcity, which then causes rising prices and the potential for fighting over resources. It’s not sustainable. And the planet needs our support.

Earth Day Gift Ideas

At Brilliant Earth, we celebrate Earth Day every day. Not only by reducing our own carbon footprint but also by creating products that directly improve the way jewelry is sourced (such as our collaboration with Fairmined and rigorous recycled metal standards) and by creating jewelry that features direct motifs of nature, celebrating it. Discover some of the many pieces we love and celebrate Earth Day in style:

Apollo Green Tourmaline 4.5mm Ring

This modern band features a vertical baguette green tourmaline set in a matte brushed finish for a defining look. Browse all tourmaline gemstones here.

Amazon Rainforest Diamond Pendant

Created in partnership with the Rainforest Alliance to raise awareness around climate change and the destruction of the rainforest, this handcrafted pendant is inspired by the iconic curves of the Amazon River.

Mar Aquamarine and Diamond Cuff Bracelet

This design was inspired by our donation to a non-profit organization that creates science-based solutions for healthy ocean and wildlife communities.

Globe Charm

A silhouette of the globe is displayed in lustrous precious metal in this unique charm that’s perfect for world travelers or those who celebrate nature.

Fairmined Tierra Hoop Earrings

A groove in a matte-brushed pattern flows across the surface of these lustrous hoop earrings while a Fairmined stamp on the inner edge signifies their responsible origins.

Baguette Garnet Cluster Earrings

These unique and captivating stud earrings feature clusters of baguette cut garnets set in lustrous gold. Browse all garnet gemstones here.

Droplet London Blue Topaz Pendant

This product supports nonprofit Pure Earth’s mission that aims to reduce the degradation of the environment and the health of miners, their families, and their children through mercury-free mining.

Mar Aquamarine and Diamond Pendant

This design was inspired by our donation to a non-profit organization that creates science-based solutions for healthy ocean and wildlife communities.

10 Ways to Help Limit Climate Change

It can be overwhelming to know where to start – but incorporating small changes into your day-to-day life can ease you into environmental consciousness before working up to larger changes. Every action is a global kindness.

  1. Practice Water Conservation: First up, water. Avoiding runoff and wastewater is as easy as turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth and sticking to short, cold showers with flow-restricting shower heads.
  2. Ditch the Diesel: Make the effort to walk or bike whenever possible to limit your carbon footprint and get your body moving (the healthy kind of footprint). Alternatively, public transportation, like trains and buses, give you the gift of a commute for that precious time to read a book or learn a language, all while you reduce greenhouse gases. The same can’t be said for Uber and Lyft — idling cars searching for rides actually contribute carbon, but carpooling is okay.
  3. Make Mindful Meals: Fill your plate with meatless and locally grown food. Plant-based diets cut greenhouse gas emissions and require less water and land (fewer thirsty cows). And shopping at your local farmer’s market or growing your own garden not only boosts your community’s economy, but it also reduces the pollution of transporting groceries.
  4. Limit Flights: If you can get to your destination by train, do it (France is actually going to ban flights that can be reached by a 2-hour train ride, so it’s very cosmopolitan of you). We’re talking 2 tons of CO2 burning through the ozone for a long-distance flight. And if you can skip the trip altogether, weigh the pros and cons of a virtual presence.
  5. Keep Leftovers: A lot of carbon emission goes into getting your food on your plate, and you’re literally tossing all of that into the trash. After each meal, save your leftovers or add them to that compost pile. Try to balance portions before this stage — food waste emits methane in landfills.
  6. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: In other words, you probably don’t need as much, and you most likely don’t need it new. And then there’s old reliable: recycling. Take the initiative to start collecting cans, glass, and plastic beyond your front door. Try your neighborhood block, your apartment complex, etc. to expand your reach.
  7. Change Your Power Source: To save energy, invest in LEDs for longer-lasting bulbs, and/or invest in solar chargers, panels, and lighting.
  8. Drive Electric (If At All): It’s not perfect (it still runs on some fossil fuels and the batteries demand minerals of questionable origin), but it’s better than gas.
  9. Donate: Put a bit of your budget towards the protection of endangered wildlife, their habitats, or to your favorite National Parks (it’s a great day to splurge for a parks pass). If you prefer to get something more immediately tangible out of your dollars, you can shop with brands that sell eco-friendly products, package and ship responsibly, and donate their profits to these environmental causes (ahem, we might have a brand suggestion). That way your money goes toward meaningful change in more ways than one. Win-win.
  10. Leverage Your Platform: You don’t have to attend a town meeting; it can be as simple as social media. But consider asking local business owners to adopt sustainable practices and/or to help fundraise for local conservation efforts. Write and call your local government to campaign for environmentally friendly policies, such as renewable energy and net-zero targets for carbon emissions.

Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

If you want to devote your Earth Day to advocacy, there are opportunities big and small to help combat climate change. But we all have different schedules and physical/emotional limits, so you can also take the time to appreciate nature. Here are a few low-commitment ways to celebrate Earth Day.

  1. Engage With Nature: Observe the holiday by observing the world around you. Go on a hike or a swim (and leave no trace), visit a nature museum or arboretum, or meditate on your balcony. Spending more time in nature can encourage healthy habits and better stewardship (science also says it’s good for reducing stress and improving clarity).
  2. Volunteer: On the note of being a kinder caretaker, look into local clean-ups of nearby beaches, parks, and trails.
  3. Lend Your Green Thumb: Attend community gardening projects to plant native trees and flowers, or start your own sustainable farming in your yard or windowsill (anything to encourage bees and butterflies is helpful). Avoid the use of pesticides and chemicals, and instead, opt for composting coffee grounds, banana peels, eggshells, and other suitable kitchen waste to give your plants nutrients.
  4. Avoid One-and-Done: Invest in reusable items. For example, if you shop in person, skip the plastic bags and bring your own tote. Or swap disposable water bottles for a refillable go-to. Still paying paper bills? Switch to online automation. You get the picture.
  5. Educate Yourself: You don’t have to become a mountaineer in a day. Discover environmental issues (and progress!), especially at the local level, whether it’s through books, podcasts, or TED Talks. Learn the history of Native lands (past and present) in your area, or how you can help maintain your community watershed. Getting informed is the first step to getting involved.

Earth Day FAQs What can you do to honor Earth Day?

Shop ethically! From clothing to décor, invest in fair trade materials, renewable resources, recycled products, and those made with less water and without harmful dyes.

What are some Earth Day traditions?

Participate in the protection of the planet, whether you protest, pick up litter, or plant a tree. You can take a personal pledge to conserve water and energy, or to reduce waste and greenhouse gases. To find a cause that feels worthy and doable, consider studying up (or donating to) the Ocean Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund, or the Environmental Defense Fund.

Why is Earth Day celebrated?

Earth Day inspires readiness for climate change through environmental literacy, aka an understanding of how to protect the environment to ensure a beautiful, breathable future. People have a chance to learn how they’re affecting nature, why it matters, and how to take action.

Why is Earth Day so important?

When you have one planet, you’ve got to give it all you got. Earth Day spreads awareness of the harm done to our natural resources and what is within our power to change it. We consider our daily contributions to major causes of environmental devastation so that we can make healthier decisions for short- and long-term impact.

What happens on Earth Day?

We reflect on the achievements made in the preservation of the environment, and the efforts needed to restore it.

How Brilliant Earth is Driving Industry Change

Jewelry is about an experience. And when you want an ethical experience, here’s why you should buy from Brilliant Earth. We were founded on sustainability in the mission for compassionate jewelry made with integrity. Here’s how we continue that today:

  • Our Fair-mined jewelry empowers miners to standardize environmental protection through small-scale, low-impact operations, using chemical-free extraction that doesn’t contaminate water supply or cause soil erosion. We also rehabilitate land damaged by irresponsible mining.
  • Since 2018, we have curbed over 4,000 metric tons of CO2 through two projects; one a commitment to renewable energy, and the other the conservation of habitats.
  • We reduced package waste by converting to FSC-certified wood boxes for jewelry and FSC recycled paperboard for shipping, a move that we estimate has cut 89.95 tons of CO2 in 2021.
  • We offer a free lifetime warranty on our jewelry so customers can recycle their past pieces and upgrade to a new metal or gem that’s been remade. Our repairs and refurbishments reduce waste.
  • Our jewelry gives back, supporting environmental and social causes.
  • We offer employees commuter benefits to encourage public transportation, bike share, and scooter rentals.

For more on our partnership for positive social impact, see the full Brilliant Earth Sustainability Report.

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Pharrell's JOOPITER Lorraine Schwartz High Jewelry Auction

JustLuxe - Fri, 03/03/2023 - 04:10

JOOPITER, the digital-first auction house founded by Pharrell Williams, is pleased to announce its first high jewelry auction, A Journey Through Gems, in partnership with renowned American jewelry designer and diamond dealer, Lorraine Schwartz. 


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Cheese Comes First at This New Paris Bar

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 03/02/2023 - 15:00
Plus: jewelry inspired by boba pearls and bok choy, t-shirts of queer icons and more recommendations from T Magazine.
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Intricate Enamel Pieces From a Storied Indian Jewelry Family

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 03/01/2023 - 14:00
Plus: new ranges of medjool dates, floral-print bags for men and more from T’s cultural compendium.
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Celebrating Women in Business & Technology

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 02/28/2023 - 15:00

Modern life depends on technological integration. From calling loved ones, getting directions to a grocery store, or booking a dentist appointment, most activities are performed via a digital process. Despite this, a recent United Nations article states, “37% of women do not use the internet and 259 million fewer women have access to the internet than men.” Lacking access to the internet limits women’s ability to engage in our increasingly digital lives and jobs – and, “by 2050, 75% of all jobs” will be related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). As the ability to pursue careers in STEM relies on digital access, it is imperative that more women have access to technology. Thus, this year, the UN has designated the theme of International Women’s Day as DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality, to “recognize and celebrate women and girls championing the advancement of transformative technology and digital education.”  

Here at Brilliant Earth, we champion and celebrate women on International Women’s Day and every single day: at the end of 2022, 76% of our entire workforce, 69% of management, and 59% of senior leadership identified as female. And collaborations, such as our partnership with Moyo Gems, allow us to improve the lives of women across the globe via safer mining practices and improved equity in fair trade markets. In celebration of International Women’s Day this year, we interviewed our female leaders – many of whom are at the forefront of cutting-edge STEM related fields – to learn about them and learn from them. Meet some of the many Brilliant women serving as role models in a digital age.

Beth Gerstein 

CEO & Cofounder

Beth founded Brilliant Earth in 2005 with the belief that consumers deserve transparent and responsible practices, beautiful, high-quality, and unique products, and a personalized shopping experience that brings joy into the jewelry buying process. Further propelling her goal to foster a more socially responsible industry, she also serves on the board of directors for Jewelers for Children and the Women’s Jewelry Association. Before Brilliant Earth, Beth specialized in satellite communications and business development, and worked for several corporations including Booz Allen & Hamilton. Beth holds a BS from Duke University, a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.  

Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM? What do you think could help more young girls pursue a future in STEM?  

A: I have always loved solving tough problems, and growing up, I found I was naturally good at math and science. I was always encouraged by my family and teachers to pursue my passion and to be ambitious about my dreams. To foster more women in STEM and business, it’s important to instill confidence in girls, support them, present them with strong female mentors, and give them opportunities to shine. 

Q: What advice would you give women or girls considering a career in business? 

A: Don’t be afraid to take risks even if you are uncertain about the outcome. Stretching yourself and facing new challenges (including being in the minority) can often feel uncomfortable – but this is where true professional growth and ultimately success happens. And remember, no one has all the answers, so it’s okay if you don’t. 

Q: Do you have any daily routines you feel contribute to your success? 

A: I am all about routine, actually. It allows me to have focused work time and ensure I spend time with my family. I always have breakfast and dinner with my kids and make time for long walks with my dog and husband. 

Q: What are your favorite podcasts for career growth and inspiration? 

A: I like How I Built This and Hidden Brain. 

Beth’s Favorite Brilliant Earth Jewelry

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Allison Charalambous 

VP of Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability  

Allison is passionate about leveraging corporate relationships and resources to make meaningful compliance and environmental impacts throughout the supply chain. With over 10 years’ experience in sustainable business practices, she has previously led the Social Responsibility and Sustainability programs at Lucky Brand and overseen the Sustainability and Regulatory Compliance programs at SPARC Group. Allison holds a BA from UC Berkeley, and an MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish. 

Q: What advice would you give women or girls considering a career in business? 

A: I encourage you to travel, live abroad, and learn new languages. Suffer through cultural miscommunications and become more open-minded! My professional experience in business is focused on international supply chains, so I’m constantly exposed to new industries and the cultures in which they operate. My time living abroad and my background in languages has influenced my ability to work within these communities, informs how I treat business partners, and how I evaluate risk in varying degrees of economic development. 

Q: What are your favorite books for career growth and inspiration? 

A: I am a huge fan of Bill McKibben, an author, educator, environmentalist, and activist. I love his book Deep Economy – The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. It’s a reflection on the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. He says, “our needs should not be at odd with the things we truly value.” The more we nurture the essential humanity of our economy, the more we will recapture our own humanity.  

Q: What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? 

A: I love a quote from Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state: “there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”  I’ve worked with highly competitive people throughout my career whose competitive edge is to push others down for their own career advancement. Some of them were women. Sometimes we women are our own worst enemies. After working in that type of environment, I vowed not to repeat that behavior. I never want to look back on my accomplishments and realize I stepped on others to get here. 

Also, be transparent with trusted friends and former colleagues on your career advancement and salary: honest conversions I have had with a former colleague and my sister-in-law, both of whom are at similar professional levels, helped me navigate my career advancement and salary negotiations. Sometimes we shy away from talking about these steps and numbers at a granular level, but I’ve forced myself to have transparent conversations to gain insight and advice on how to advocate for myself and develop a playbook for my career path. 

Allison’s Favorite Brilliant Earth Jewelry 

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Annie Chen  

VP, Merchandising  

Annie oversees merchandising, planning, design, product development, and visual merchandising at Brilliant Earth. Annie has over 15 years of experience in strategy, merchandising, buying, planning, and design via various roles at Barneys New York, Coach, Bandier, and Italic. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Wharton. 

Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in business? What do you think could help more young girls pursue a future in business? 

A: It’s a bit of a cliché, but I do subscribe to the adage, “do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I like to joke that I’ve managed to turn one of my favorite hobbies, shopping, into a career. Joking aside, pursuing an industry and role that you are genuinely passionate about will help you be more successful in the long run. And the long run is key – don’t let short term setbacks cloud your vision on what you want to achieve in 3, 5, or 10 years.  

Q: What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? 

A: The best careers are rarely linear. What matters more than fancy titles and brand names is continual growth and learning, respecting the leaders you work for, making an impact, and enjoying the people you work with. Sometimes what feels like a detour can actually be a scenic route – it’s only when you look back that you realize how the puzzle pieces fit together. I’ve held many different roles in my career and each one gave me the experience that prepared me for the next role and gave me the opportunity to develop a unique and well-rounded perspective. 

Q: What are your favorite books or podcasts for career growth and inspiration? 

A: I highly recommend following Adam Grant for bite-sized career advice and inspiration. I first met him while studying at Wharton, where he was a professor. He’s earned quite the following for his unique perspective and willingness to challenge conventional ideas about workplace norms, corporate culture, and professional success. 

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Kathryn Money 

SVP, Merchandising and Retail Expansion  

Kathryn oversees Brilliant Earth’s merchandising, product design, and inventory planning teams, as well as the company’s omni-channel showroom expansion efforts. Prior to joining Brilliant Earth in 2014, she worked in investment and private equity banking and then transitioned to various leadership and advisory roles within jewelry and consumer industries. Kathryn attended the Carroll School of Management Honors Program, holds a BS in Finance from Boston College and an MBA from Stanford’s School of Business.  

Q: What advice would you give girls considering a career in business? 

A: Don’t be afraid to try something new or step outside of your comfort zone! Women frequently do not apply to a job unless they have already performed the vast majority of skills and responsibilities outlined in the job description, which works against them in pushing for more senior or new opportunities. If you’ve performed half of the responsibilities, it’s a logical growth path from your current role, and if it’s an area of growth that excites you, go ahead and apply! 

Q: What advice would you give women currently navigating their career journey? 

A: Women are less likely to negotiate when receiving a job offer, which leads to compounding effects over their career. They are also less likely to ask for and share information with peers about compensation, which is valuable data that can boost confidence and success in negotiating. I’d encourage female leaders to be more open with their network about this information and to vocalize their desire for continued growth and professional development so they can proactively work with their manager to identify new opportunities that build skills and increase exposure. 

Q: Do you have any daily routines you feel contribute to your success? 

A: Running is my preferred way to blow off steam and stay in shape (physically, mentally, and emotionally), whether it’s running around San Francisco’s parks and beaches or on the treadmill. I try to get up early and workout a few days a week, and I find that those days I’m more focused and energized. The other daily routine I practice with my family is citing what we are grateful for each night at dinner time. This makes us recognize our blessings, both big and small, and puts them into perspective. 

Kathryn’s Favorite Brilliant Earth Jewelry

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Kelly Shapiro  

Senior Brand Marketing Associate 

Kelly joined Brilliant Earth four years ago as a sales rep and quickly worked her way up to management. During that time, she pioneered our TikTok and Instagram live series, paving the way for her to take on new challenges as a member of the marketing department. These days, outside of her role as in-house influencer, you’ll find her styling out photoshoots, working with influencers and VIPs, and running our newly founded in-house content creation program. In previous roles, Kelly worked in sales at a bridal boutique, spent time learning the ropes of wedding planning, and managed marketing duties at a wedding rental company. She holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. 

Q: What advice would you give women or girls considering a career in business? 

A: Just go for it! The only thing holding you back is yourself. I was always considered ‘too nice’ to be successful in business and I think a lot of women often hear that. You can be a nice person while also being strong, vocal, and opinionated!  

Q: Do you have any daily routines you feel contribute to your success? 

A: I do my best to uphold a healthy work-life balance. I feel finding time to unwind at the end of the day allows me to show up and be my best self while at work. 

Q: What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? 

A: That feedback is a gift, and a great manager will give it to you often. Receiving constructive feedback can be hard because it is so easy to take it personally. But without feedback, there would be no growth. I am where I am now because I learned to listen to feedback and act on it. 

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Kim Garcia 

Director, Talent Acquisition  

Kim joined Brilliant Earth 7 years ago as an HR associate and now serves as director of talent acquisition. She helps leaders develop hiring plans and recruitment strategies to scale their teams. She also manages a team of professionals who create welcoming, efficient, and informative interview processes, and attracts top talent via effective brand strategies. Kim also heads the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging function at Brilliant Earth, working with teams across the company to ensure we are actively maintaining our inclusive culture. She holds a BS in Psychology from Santa Clara University. 

Q: What advice would you give women or girls considering a career in business? 

A: Understand what your unique power is and embrace it, trust yourself, and build a network of strong women who can celebrate wins together – build each other up and lean on one another when needed. 

Q: What is rewarding about being a woman in business? 

A: It’s rewarding to be able to contribute to the career growth of others. In my department, we have the unique position of influencing the careers of so many within the organization. And as a leader of my team, it is so rewarding to see them gain confidence, new skills, and push themselves outside of their comfort zones successfully. 

Q: Do you have any daily routines you feel contribute to your success? 

A: I take the time each evening to organize and orient the next day. Doing so has enabled me to feel prepared and confident, while also allowing me to pivot easily when things change. As I do with each of my team members, I have a weekly 1:1’s with myself which has helped ensure I dedicate time towards being conscientious and reflective about my workload, priorities, and goals. It also ensures my 1:1’s with my manager and my team members are the most effective. 

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Lisa Perlmutter 

SVP, eCommerce 

Lisa leads the brand’s evolution in both bridal and fine jewelry categories, optimizing new market technology and driving brand awareness to support an omni-channel model that pairs digital channels with a growing number of showrooms nationwide. Previously, Lisa served as VP of client experience at Sephora, director of product management at Mancy’s, and got her start in PR at WorldRes and Schwartz Communications. She holds a BA from George Washington University and lives in San Francisco with her two sons. 

Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?  

A: I love to solve complex problems and work through new applications for technology. One thing that drew me to Brilliant Earth is how do you sell ‘special snowflakes’ (diamonds) online; how can you showcase and help educate consumers on the differences to ensure they make the best buying decisions for themselves. I started my career in online travel before people were comfortable buying airline tickets on computers (there used to be these people called travel agents!) and that really helped solidify how much I love taking the complexity out of something and making it easy. 

Q: What are your favorite books or podcasts for career growth and inspiration?  

A: Podcasts: I love The Daily, Smartless and all things Malcolm Gladwell. When I want to think about career and business inspiration, I love How I Built This and Business Wars. 

Books: I typically read a lot of fiction to decompress. You can always find new inspiration from unplugging. 

Q: What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?  

A: Don’t be afraid to ask for more – if that’s more projects, responsibility, or a title. It’s important to always be growing and laterally is just as important and upward. It’s the project or initiative that pushes you out of your comfort zone, that maybe you ‘don’t know how to do,’ that makes you grow the most in your job and in your life. 

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Molly Parker 

Senior Director, Site Optimization & Content  

Molly owns Brilliant Earth’s site content strategy, content A/B testing, promotional marketing strategies, and oversees creative operations. With over 18 years of experience, she has served as the head of content & creative at, director of eCommerce at Sports Authority, and as an eCommerce buyer at Dillard’s. Molly holds a BS in Merchandising & Business from the University of North Texas. 

Q: What advice would you give women or girls considering a career in e-commerce? 

A: eCommerce is a fast-paced and exciting industry – no two days are the same. From creativity to data analysis, it’s a field that allows you to stretch different muscles. My advice to women considering a career in eCommerce would be to spend time researching different parts of the business to see what excites them. They should seek out brands who align with values they’re passionate about. When you work in eCommerce, you are an extension of the brand in so many ways – so feeling good about the work you’re doing is very fulfilling. 

Q: Do you have any daily routines you feel contribute to your success? 

A: I like to wake up early every morning and work out, do my daily affirmations, eat breakfast, and check the news. I was never someone who could sleep in until the last minute and immediately log onto work. I like having dedicated “me” time, so I’m more grounded before starting my workday.  

Q: What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? 

A: Be your own advocate. No one is more invested in your success than you are. 

Molly’s Favorite Brilliant Earth Jewelry

Soraya Alivandi 

Senior Digital Product Manager 

Soraya manages our website and site experience from a product management perspective. In previous roles, she has served as a product manager for a university, focusing on fundraising and higher education technology and as a product manager for E&J Gallo, owning omni-eCommerce. Soraya holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Arabic Language from Tufts University and an MBA from UNC’s Kenan Flagler Business School. 

Q: What advice would you give women or girls considering a career in STEM? 

A: STEM skills are highly transferrable. Just because you go to school for engineering doesn’t mean you have to be an engineer – these disciplines cultivate a way of thinking that is highly attractive to future employers, particularly in business. 

Q: Do you have any daily routines you feel contribute to your success? 

A: I am a big fan of the morning workout – there’s something about rolling out of bed and going straight to the gym that makes me feel like my day is set up for success. Afterwards, I feel accomplished, and the rest of my day is smooth sailing. 

Q: What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? 

A: It’s as important to run towards a new opportunity as it is to run away from an unfulfilling one. 

Soraya’s Favorite Brilliant Earth jewelry pieces? 

Final Thoughts 

In an increasingly digital world, it is imperative that women have equal access to technology to achieve the success and fulfillment (as well as overcome the challenges) expressed by our female leaders today. To learn more about improving technological access for women across the globe, explore the UN’s website. 


United Nations (n.d.). DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality.

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International Women’s Day 2023: Meet Moyo Gems

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 02/27/2023 - 15:00

Since 2021, we’ve partnered with Moyo Gems: a responsible miner-to-market gemstone collaboration founded in East Africa. Moyo works with women artisanal gem miners in Tanzania and Kenya to track stunning stones from the moment they’re mined to the minute they reach the market. View our collection of stunning, responsibly soured gems from the female miners of Tanzania here

Collaborating with Moyo allows us help women miners work more safely, mine more sustainably, improve their financial security, and create more equitable markets for fair trade. This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating Moyo and all the women miners they aid. 

What is Moyo?

Moyo Gems was first formed to answer these questions: Who is the miner? Does she mine legally? Does she use safe equipment? Is she paid fairly? Does she know the value of her gemstones? Working with women in East Africa, Moyo sourced answers to these questions and pushed to improve the reality of their answers. Moyo tracks gemstones from the artisanal miner to the market, advancing each step in the process to better, more equitable standards.  

Their work is made possible through a partnership with the Tanzanian Women Miners Association (TAWOMA), the global nonprofit organization Pact, international gem traders, and brands like Brilliant Earth.  

The word Moyo means ‘heart’ in Kiswahili – that’s why we say Moyo gems are ‘from the heart.’ 

How Does Moyo Help Miners? 

Cristina Villegas, Gemstone Expert and Director of Mines to Markets at Pact said, “We’ve often found that miners – the ones doing the hardest work in the gem trade – know the least about gemstones. This puts them at an obvious disadvantage when it comes to selling, when the gem’s species, features, cut potential and hues all come into play and when basic gem knowledge is power. We wanted to level the playing field.” 

Working with TAWOMA, Cristina and her team connected with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), which is globally praised for its independent gemstone educational programs. Together, they set up successful trainings in Tanga – in the mining villages themselves – and taught the local women miners the details and value of the gemstones they were mining. However, these trainings also brought to light that many of the miners lacked a consistent market for selling their gemstones. 

It was around that time, that Cristina met Monica Stephenson of ANZA Gems and Stuart Pool of Nineteen48 Gems, who were interested in working with Tanga’s women gem miners. 

A few months later, the group visited the women miners in Tanga to solicit interest and co-design a program with the miners themselves, along with the leadership of TAWOMA, and with key local leaders. The result was a responsible miner-to-market gemstones program called Moyo Gems, which officially launched in 2019. Moyo’s partners include Pact, TAWOMA, ANZA and Nineteen48, along with the emerging technology enterprise Everledger, which provides blockchain services for gemstone traceability. Brilliant Earth also partners with Everledger on blockchain enabled diamonds

To work with Moyo, miners must be members of TAWOMA, and they must have attended a no-cost occupational health and safety training provided by Pact. Miners must also demonstrate a legal right to mine on the land where they work. 

“The idea is to progressively raise standards, making their work safer and more productive, lucrative and formalized,” explained Cristina. 

Once they meet Moyo’s participation criteria, miners are invited to attend regular Market Days held near their villages where they can sell to ANZA, Nineteen48 and other international buyers. Local gem brokers who have been vetted by TAWOMA and hold valid broker licenses also attend. Each miner selects a broker to represent her, and together they sell directly to the international buyers. Crucially, miners routinely report that Moyo Gems pays 3-10 times what they would have previously received for their stones. 

This is a significant change, said Norbert Massay, the Pact program manager who is leading the local Moyo Gems team in Tanzania. “It changes the relationship between miners and brokers from natural adversaries to partners,” Massay says. “When the final price is fair, both the miner and the broker win, and the miner sets the broker’s fee instead of the other way around.” 

The buyers then export the gems in accordance with Tanzanian law with the assistance of a Tanzanian gem exporter. Miners and brokers pay a small membership fee to take part in TAWOMA, which goes to TAWOMA’s national advocacy efforts for miners and reinvestments into mining communities. 

“It was important for us to work on this project because it is meeting a real need for women miners, and in a way that gives them more power,” says Salma Kundi, TAWOMA’s secretary general, who mines garnet, tourmaline and zircon. 

Moyo held its first two Market Days in May of 2019, in the Mkinga district of Tanga, where more than 70 miners, most of them women, came to sell their gems. The program has since quadrupled. On average, Moyo miners make 95% of the pre-export price of their gemstones.

What is Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining?  

Behind every piece of jewelry is a long supply chain: and it all starts with a miner digging a sparkling gemstone from the earth. If you’re wearing a natural-colored gemstone – such as a ruby, sapphire, garnet, or emerald – it was likely mined by an artisanal or small-scale miner. 

 Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) describes mining performed by individuals or small groups of people that generally use limited technology to mine. And, in truth, it’s no small-scale phenomenon: 90% of all mining in the world is ASM mining. It takes place in 80 countries worldwide and on all continents except for Antarctica. ASM miners are responsible for 20% of all gold mined globally each year, 20% of all diamonds mined, and 70-90% of colored gemstones (both precious and semi-precious).  

Are Moyo Gemstones Responsibly Sourced?  

Yes! Moyo Gems believe they are the most responsible initiative of any gemstone supply chain effort to date. Moyo gemstones are mined by independent local women (and men!) miners rather than a large foreign company with little and/or tenuous connections to a community. Then the miners spend their profits locally, in ways of their choosing, giving back to the communities where they live. Since the miners were also a part of the creation of Moyo Gems, they had a say in how the company is operated, how they are paid, and what the ultimate accomplishments of the organization would be. Moyo Gems has thus established a cyclical business model that gives back more than it takes from communities, and tracks gemstones from mine to market – allowing for optimal responsibility in gemstone sourcing.  

Why Do Women Choose to Mine?  

An estimated 1/3 of ASM miners worldwide are women. A growing amount of research reveals the dynamic stories of women in mining: Some miners noticed others mining and took part. Some learned from their fathers or other family members. Others traded in gemstones and decided to claim the whole process and mine themselves. Some were farmers suffering the effects of climate change with unpredictable rains who decided to try mining and liked it. 

Meet the Miners

Meet some of the inspiring female miners who are working with Moyo to create a better future for women miners in their community. 

Meet your miner: Fatuma from Pact 

“Before Moyo, the options for selling weren’t good,” said Fatuma, a 50-year-old mother of six who mines red garnet. “I just waited for the local brokers to come to me, and when they did, I always needed money, so I would sell, no matter the price. The local broker decided everything.” 

Besides subsistence farming, Fatuma claimed, mining is the only real option she has for supporting her family. She and her husband mine on their small claim together, usually working six days a week. 

“Yes, mining is hard,” Fatuma said. “But I’ve raised my position through mining. There is nothing else. With more knowledge about gemstones and with this market, I can rise up more.” 

Meet your miner: Prisca from Pact 

Prisca is a relatively new miner who mines for green tourmaline. Before becoming a miner, she was a small businesswoman who cooked food in a local hotel. However, the food business was challenging, and she would often have more supply than demand. She decided to learn mining since it is a thriving business in her area. 

“Because we didn’t know where else to take them, we accepted the price [of the local brokers] to be able to meet our needs and the needs of our children,” said Prisca, “I expect Moyo Gems to be a real life-changer. I have learned a lot of things. We have learned how to be safe in the mine. I have learned to be patient to keep my stones until I have enough. Then I sell them on the market day for a fair price. I would like to be successful. It is my hope to provide my children with an education, to buy a better house than my current one, while continuing to advance in mining.” 

Meet your miner: Asha from Pact 

Asha has been mining for three years. Before becoming a miner, she was a subsistence farmer, but it wasn’t enough to make ends meet. She saw that miners in her community were earning more, so she decided to give it a try. With a crew that she employs to work her claim with her, she usually mines five days a week. 

“We believe Moyo Gems will change our life,” said Asha, “My hope is to have good living standards, and to generally have a good life if I am empowered by Moyo. If I get more money, I will spend it improving my living standard, improving the house I live in, and I will spend some to support my relatives so they can have a good life as well.” 

Shop Moyo Gems

The most powerful thing anyone can do to support women miners is to buy their gemstones and the jewelry that comes from this beautiful source. Supporting these women sends a powerful signal to the jewelry industry at large that there is a new standard for labor standards, ethics, and full empowerment for workers in the industry. Moyo gemstones are also some of the most vibrant and uniquely cut gemstones that we offer, for those who are looking for something truly distinctive. 

Final Thoughts

Discover all the ways that we give back by learning more about Brilliant Earth’s commitment to responsible sourcing, empowering miners, and providing Beyond Conflict Free diamonds and gemstones. 

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International Women’s Day Gifts & Ways to Celebrate

Brilliant Earth - Sun, 02/26/2023 - 15:00

International Women’s Day is an annual recognition of how far women’s rights have come and how far they have to go. It’s a global holiday that occurs every year on March 8th and pays tribute to women, whether they’re friends, family, mentors, activists, colleagues, and more. We’ve gathered memorable gifts and celebrations to help you honor the women in your life, even if that means you.

What do you give a woman on International Women’s Day?

For the women you do know, symbolize your reverence with photos, flowers, and fragrances. Or put your word into cards and songs. You can pamper them with cooking or relaxing spa products so they feel appreciated, or flatter them with clothing and jewelry to remind them they’re special when they wear it. If a practical gesture feels more organic, consider highlighting your colleagues’ contributions, or if you’re a teacher, create a lesson plan or classroom environment that brings attention to women across the globe.

On that note, take this holiday to support the women you don’t know. It’s as easy as following, sharing, and commenting on social media to uplift women innovators. Or take the time to learn about the experiences of women around the world. You can validate their success in art, environmental conservation, tech innovation, business success, and more. Because good news matters, too. And women can make a difference in more than one way.

From their ambition to their courage and generosity, choose traits that make women meaningful in your life. Then decide a heartfelt way to let those women know how much they matter.

International Women’s Day Gift Ideas Personalized Jewelry

Personalized jewelry helps guarantee your Women’s Day gift is unique and unforgettable, just like the women surrounding you. Consider inscribing a note to truly make your praise personal. If it’s a date, consider the day of the movement or their own milestone. If it’s a note, mention why you look up to them and why they’re invaluable.

Engravable Cuff Bracelet

Oval Frame Locket

Script Name Necklace

Gifts that Give Back

Jewelry that gives back is especially relevant on a day of empowerment, shared experiences, and social progress. If you’re looking for a Women’s Day gift to inspire, these are the perfect pieces to endorse the feminist mentality.

Simone I. Smith Crossover Hoop Earrings

Solidarity Diamond Bracelet

Her Diamond Necklace


Charms can be sweet and sincere, but they’re always thoughtful, whatever your connection may be. This jewelry offers an opportunity to symbolize your pride, devotion, or let’s face it, awe. You might choose a romantic token, or a charm relevant to a Women’s Day theme, such as strength. You get to call out the specific ways this woman does so much for you.

Diamond Wishbone Charm

Engravable Diamond Heart Charm

Diamond Cheers Charm


Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

There are plenty of ways to celebrate International Women’s Day, including by noting past and present figures making history. At Brilliant Earth, we highlight women leaders and inspiring women in our community. We know there’s no such thing as an “ordinary” woman, and this holiday gets to commemorate just how and why that’s true.

On International’s Women’s Day, we’re reminded to discover and/or bring attention to the issues that demand it, such as reproductive, labor, and education rights, or abuse. We make the effort to partake in inclusive, diverse, nuanced conversations about and with women, even if it’s a simple thank you. You can also make localized or at-home efforts to let the women around you know that you speak and think highly of them.

Here are a few public and private ways to celebrate International Women’s Day.

  1. Media: You can watch documentaries about women’s rights, such as He Named Me Malala or I Am Greta. If books are your thing, dive into women’s equality with titles such as Hood Feminism or We Should All Be Feminists. Even if you’re pressed for time, listen to a podcast throughout International Women’s Day to celebrate women’s voices (literally), including The History Chicks and Girlboss Radio. Find a format, community, and issue that speaks to you, or challenge yourself to explore a side you haven’t considered or experienced. And if those topics are a little heavy for you now, you can always support women creators with a purchase of their fictional media work. While it’s International Women’s “Day,” feel free to embrace any of these ideas at a later date.
  2. Donate: Doing your part on International Women’s Day can be as simple and time sensitive as giving money to a worthy cause. Consider chipping in at a local charity or grassroots non-profit, or set up a recurring donation to a worldwide organization, such as Global Fund for Women or Strongminds. Your donation can be towards a campaign for a female representative. Research where you can feel confident and comfortable that your dollars can make the biggest impact on improving the lives of women and girls. There’s no etiquette when it comes to the amount you give. Every little bit helps.
  3. Attend an Event: International Women’s Day has a full calendar of noble and/or fun service projects, seminars, and more. And in today’s world, it’s easy to make an appearance online or in-person. In fact, the International Women’s Day website can help you locate events with the social and geographical distance that works for you, as well as a subject matter or group of people that interests you. A women’s panel of entrepreneurs, for example. New relationships and ideas are always available, and it’s powerful to be a part of something bigger, even if it’s at home or online. Events don’t have to be serious. Run a philanthropic 5k, find local women’s trivia and storytelling workshops, or see if your favorite restaurant or coffee shop is women-owned and/or donating a portion of their proceeds for Women’s Day (the “event” can be lunch). You and your friends can throw your own themed party. If you can’t donate your own money, you can help staff a fundraiser for a women’s initiative. Which brings us to our next idea for celebrating International Women’s Day.
  4. Volunteer: Engage in advocacy. Organize a work outing with colleagues to volunteer as a team or ask if your company will match employee donations to your chosen cause. You can invite your friends and loved ones for an educational, feel-good family day or to introduce them to an issue that’s important to you. This can also be an opportunity to network solo and meet people with similar values, whether it’s LGBTQ equality, or a safehouse. Engaging on the frontlines of crisis and trauma isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t structural issues you can assist with in administration or maintenance. It could even be staffing a Women’s Day concert or providing mentorship for young girls at a community center. Find the best fit for your talents and remember your cause. While advocacy isn’t about bragging points, elevating human rights is basically chicken soup for the soul.
  5. Self-Love: If you’re a woman, R-E-S-P-E-C-T yourself and find out what it means to you. Women’s Day can be a time to reflect on all that you have accomplished or make plans for all that you want to. You can apply to a women’s grant to fund a passion project. Or a women’s scholarship to further or change your career. Or treat yourself and sign up for a women’s-only fitness activity you’ve been wanting to try. Recognize all that you have to offer, and all that the world has to offer you.

International Women’s Day FAQs When is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8th.

What is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is a time to express your gratitude and admiration for how women inspire you and the ways they show up in your life. You can approach International Women’s Day from all sides of the movement, whether it’s highlighting ongoing issues of equality, or championing the efforts and achievements that have been made in those areas.

How did International Women’s Day begin?

Historically, there’s been a lot going on for women’s rights on March 8th. In 1857, women factory workers protested for better hours and pay. On that same day in New York City in 1909, women walked for voter’s rights. In 1914, there was another women’s suffrage protest in London. Basically, there was a growing wave of women’s rights campaigns, cresting with the Second International Conference of Working Women, where Clara Zetkin called for an International Women’s Day.

Why is International Women’s Day important?

It’s a holiday to preserve and progress women’s livelihood. It observes past human’s rights protests and serves as a call to action for the existing discrimination and oppression of today, especially for women of color and LGBTQ women.

Who invented International Women’s Day?

Clara Zetkin proposed International Women’s Day at the Second International Conference of Working Women. She led the Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany.

What is the meaning of International Women’s Day?

It’s a reminder of the injustice and inequality that women and girls face worldwide. It also encourages everyone to shatter the glass ceiling and challenge gender stereotypes.

How long has International Women’s Day been around?

The holiday was approved in 1913 (unanimously, we might add).

Do people give gifts on International Women’s Day?

It’s common to gift clothing, jewelry, makeup, and home décor to loved ones, or spend quality time acknowledging their significance in your life. Gifts don’t have to be a luxury or long-lasting; they can be a gesture.

Final Thoughts

Whatever your gender, your well wishes for women should go beyond a day of good intentions. Our engagement with and understanding of women should evolve, and education is a never-ending process. Whether it’s your sister, grandma, mother, wife, or daughter; you can toast their accomplishments, confront their challenges, and salute every woman that has made progress.

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How to Repurpose Heirloom Jewelry For Your Wedding

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Sat, 02/25/2023 - 10:00
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Tennis Bracelet, Anyone?

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Tue, 02/21/2023 - 20:00
Chris Evert made them famous, and their simple, elegant designs have stood the test of time.
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Cambodia Says It Has Recovered Looted Gold Jewelry Once Worn by Royals

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Mon, 02/20/2023 - 14:24
The 77 items had been in the collection of Douglas A.J. Latchford, accused of trafficking in looted antiquities, and were returned under an agreement with his estate.
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