From the New York Times: Diamonds from Sierra Leone

By Page on June 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm

We found this article on diamond mining in Sierra Leone in the New York Times archive from 2007. It illuminates some of the sticky and trying intricacies behind diamond mining and the international diamond market, as well as some things that are being done to help improve the industry.  The article reveals how the situation remains far from just, though work has been done to improve the human rights and environmental issues surrounding diamond mining even in the three years since the article was written.  We believe it is important to be informed of issues behind the diamond mining industry so that we can source our diamonds and other materials from the most environmentally and socially just places possible.

Diamonds Move From Blood to Sweat and Tears


By Page on June 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Summery fun bead necklaces made from leather string and Ghanaian trade beads. Available for purchase at the Bario-Neal store.

A little background info: these historical glass beads continue to serve as currency in Ghana, and they fluctuate in value like gold does. Some beads, especially older ones, may be as expensive as gold rings.  The beads for sale at Bario-Neal are newer and less expensive, made from melted beer and soda bottles–still beautiful no less!

Some photos from Page’s trip to Ghana where she found these beads: