Blogs by Marc Choyt

Marc Choyt is an activist fair trade jeweler, journalist and author of an upcoming book about business, circle and blessing: 'The Circle Manifesto.'

Topic: Ornamentation Without Exploitation

Marc Choyt is President of Reflective Images, a designer jewelry company located in Santa Fe that sells Celtic jewelry including Celtic wedding rings and unique designer conflict free diamond wedding and engagement rings.  He is also an activist and Director of Fair Jewelry Action, an environmental justice and human rights network.  He is also a journalist and public speaker on ethical jewelry issues.  His international work has been honored by Jewelers That Care in 2010; and in July, 2012, he was named as an honoree of  New Mexico’s Green Chamber of Commerce Sustainable Leader of the Year award.  His book on blessing and sustainable business practices, The Circle Manifesto, will be published in late 2012.

Marc writes about the issues and politics in the world of ethical jewelry, and working with the blue print of the circle to integrate blessing and the regenerative principles of sustainability into business practices.   

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August 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Howling Against The Triple Bottom Line

'Human beings are not greater or more important than other species, or even the elements that keep us alive. All that is, is essential for the whole. '

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July 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Over Our Dead Salmon: Bristol Bay, DeBeers and Ethical Jewelry

'For those considering purchasing jewelry, support only those jewelers who can honestly answer the question: Can you trace your gold, silver platinum and gems from mine to market?'

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June 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

How I Earned My MBA In Haiti From a Woman in Rags—and a Gold Tooth

The gold jewelry market is transitioning from a cash-to-trash economy to a regenerative one

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November 5, 2012 at 2:49 PM

A Thousand Dark Pilgrims

"Three million have died over the last 20 years in wars funded by players in the diamond business"

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October 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Greenland’s Apartheid Rubies

"Inuit miners remain disenfranchised from their own rights from their ancestral land"

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September 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Cutting Through Spin In Purchasing An Ethical Wedding Ring

"...there are only a few things you need to consider, no matter where you purchase your wedding ring or engagement ring"

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September 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM

The Beauty Of Fair Trade Diamonds

An interview with Mike Angenent, founder of Open Source Minerals and Jeweltree Foundation

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August 14, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Do Conflict-Free Diamonds Exist?

" being sold today can come from sources that perpetuate human and ecological atrocities and still be certified “conflict-free...” "

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August 3, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Going for Gold: Fair Trade and the Transformation of Jewelry

"At present, fair trade gold is hardly available in North America..."

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July 17, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Fair Trade Ethically Sourced Jewelry, Now

"And the amazing thing is, for the first time, such rings are available"