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Our Community, Our World

When you shop in Las Vegas for diamonds, gold jewelry, fine leather, writing instruments or other quality gift items, there is so much more that goes into that purchase decision. Ethics plays a big part in these decisions for many people, as it rightly should. We would like to assure you that ethical treatment means a great deal to us; so much so that we wanted to take a few moments and introduce you to our beliefs concerning this subject. Please review the information on this page which will acquaint you with our commitment to Las Vegas and the larger world community.

holding-globeAs a leader in the jewelry industry, MJ believes that all members of the diamond supply chain share the responsibility in giving back to the nations where the diamonds are mined. Every diamond purchased from MJ helps support, through education and opportunity, underdeveloped communities where diamonds are a natural resource.

Locally, our family-owned business embraces the spirit of serving the Las Vegas community. This commitment to serve is lead by the owners, Cliff and Darlene, whose passion is evident through their many philanthropic affiliations; including OpportunityVillage, Best Buddies, United Way of Southern Nevada, Dress For Success, Diamond Empowerment Fund the Diamond Development Initiative, and BeadForLife.

Through MJ’s support of these local and global charities, we help make it easy for our guests to shop with a conscience.

Shining Stars rings: Royal Asscher presents Stars of Africa collection, benefiting the Diamond Empowerment Fund.Shining-Stars

Relationships

logo-defThe Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) is an international non-profit organization that supports education initiatives in African nations where diamonds are found.

It was established in 2007 by members of the diamond and jewelry industry, including co-founder Russell Simmons, with the belief that education is essential to empower both individuals and society to reach their fullest potential. DEF’s beneficiary organizations are CIDA City Campus, African Leadership Academy, and Botswana’s Top Achievers.

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logo-ddiThe Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) has the mission of gathering all interested parties into a process that will address, in a comprehensive way, the political, social, and economic challenges facing the artisanal diamond mining sector in order to optimize the beneficial development impact of artisanal diamond mining to miners and their communities within the countries in which the diamonds are mined. Working directly with artisanal miners, DDI seeks to promote better understanding and solutions for problems that have remained unresolved since the discovery of diamonds in Africa. The goal is for miners and their communities to become an appreciated and respected part of the diamond value chain. Through various activities, DDI seeks to transform the diamond’s legacy of violence and chaos into a more developmentally sound enterprise where people can earn decent livelihoods in peace. (Visit website)


bfl_logo_h_cmykBeadforLife eradicates extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. Ugandan women turn colorful recycled paper into beautiful beads. Women in Northern Uganda gather shea nuts and press them into shea butter for cosmetics and soaps. And people who care open their hearts, homes and communities to buy and sell both products. The beads and shea butter become income, food, medicine, school fees and hope. It is a small miracle that enriches us all. (Visit Website)


logo-ovOpportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities by providing them with vocational training, employment and social recreation services that make their lives more productive and interesting. Through Opportunity Village’s programs and services, hundreds of people with disabilities are learning vocational skills and being placed in jobs throughout the community. (Visit Website)


logo-best-buddiesThe mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Visit Website)

 


logo-southern-highlandsSince its inception, the Southern Highlands Charitable Foundation has helped many children, teens, and women in need. Through a variety of events including the annual Governor’s Black-Tie Invitational Golf Tournament, the annual Southern Highlands Fall Festival and 5K run, and numerous Southern Highlands Golf Club member events, over $9 million has been raised and distributed to numerous charities and their beneficiaries. Monies raised over the years have given critically ill children and siblings many opportunities like the following: being sent to various Summer Camps; enabled magical wishes to be granted daily; providing thousands of children in need with a new backpacks, school supplies, shoes and clothing; creating a vibrant Art Enrichment Program; providing disadvantaged students with scholarships for higher education and financially assisting families of children newly diagnosed with cancer. (Visit Website)


logo-united-wayUnited Way is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. We enable children to enter school developmentally on track in the areas of literacy and social, emotional, and intellectual skills. We also assist individuals and families to increase their income, build savings, and sustain assets, ensuring that every family has accessible, continuous, culturally competent healthcare and children are healthy upon entering school. (Visit Website)


logo-dfsThe mission of Dress For Success Southern Nevada is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help our clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return for a second suit or separates when she finds work. (Visit Website)

Art

“Untitled” by Dana

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Learn more about the Arts Enrichment Program at Opportunity Village

“First Kiss” by Jennifer Main

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