A Happy Life

A Happy Life

The old expression goes, "A happy wife, a happy life". While this is true, anybody who knows me will concur that an old limerick is hardly convincing enough to force me to succumb to a patronizing concept such as that! Marriage to me is a journey of recognizing both individuals' unique desires and needs and creating your own "normal" as there is no such thing as a normal marriage. That said, at Clarity Project, we are shaking up the old adage. The act of giving and receiving a ring is meaningful…

Ring Or Painting: The Showdown

Ring or Painting: The Showdown

Having spent years now speaking with young men and women about their desires for engagement rings and alternative ideas, it felt natural to share here my own journey before deciding a ring would be appropriate for us. As my relationship developed with the woman who is now my wife, I pondered for hours of my waking and sleeping hours what I should do for a diamond ring. This, of course, was well before I had the inclination of starting a diamond mine or diamond growing business. The question plagued me…

Challenge Extended

Challenge Extended

We are living at a time when the origin of the goods we wear, the energy we use, and the food we eat is being inspected, at times scrutinized. This is the notion that forced me to consider the fact that in order to get married, I needed a stone. And if I were to buy a stone, I needed to know its birthplace, its supply-chain, and its journey. Aside from running Clarity Project, a primary focus of my work, study, and life has been on the impact of our…

How Are Deodorant And Diamonds Connected?

How are Deodorant and Diamonds connected?

When I first visited Sierra Leone to start Kiburi Mining "well before Clarity Project was in the picture" I learned a lot about the diamond-mining world. As you will read in future posts, my (now) wife, laughed at me when I first asked if she thought it was a good idea to mine her own diamonds in Africa. Her laughter and my colleagues' interest was enough to purchase a one-way ticket to Sierra Leone to inspect the world of diamond mining. A philanthropic friend of mine who had been funding schools…