by bebe » Nov 30, 2007 I just rec''d my Dec. issue of Fortune magazine and there is a small article that caught my eye. I''ll write it as it is in the article. A Stand Against Blood Rubies If it''s rubies you want for Christmas, you''d better hurry up. Both Cartier and Bulgari have sworn off the gems, 90% of which are mined in Myanmar, whose military regime fired on pro-democracy demonstrators in Sept. Still smarting from the controversy are so called blood diamonds mined during Sierra Leone and Liberia;s civil wars int he 90''s, the jewelry industry are hoping to avoid another PR disaster. We didn''t want to be supporting a regime using direct violence on civilians", says Pamela Caillens, Cartier''s corporate responsibility director. Many jewelers are asking suppliers for proof of origin and urging Congress to ban the import of Myanmar''s gems through other countries. Cartier, meanwhile, is bracing for a ruby drought. "We''re turning to other stones." says Caillens. (Vivienne Walt for Fortune) Just wondering if this is old news? I read everything I can get my hands on, but I haven''t seen this mentioned before.