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The Clear Cut

Olivia Landau and Kyle Simon ’17BUS met as students at the Gemological Institute of America and are making diamond purchases a positive, informed, and socially-conscious experience. 

Simon, dedicated to the principles of sustainable development and fair-trade in Sierra Leone, co-founded the diamond mining company Arikymo in 2013. Landau, dedicated to helping confused and overwhelmed clients, launched the educational diamond blog and Instagram The Clear Cut in 2015. The Clear Cut quickly became a success with an engaged community of diamond lovers and private clients. The Clear Cut has been featured in Vogue, Guest of a Guest, and has over 46,000 organically grown Instagram followers along with over three hundred thousand dollars in sales.

Today, with Landau and Simon working together, The Clear Cut is expanding beyond the initial blog/Instagram and is launching a direct-to-consumer diamond engagement ring e-commerce platform that will donate a portion of profits to diamond mining communities in Sierra Leone. The team is currently raising a seed investment round to develop the brand and online platform (website coming soon!). Reach out to if you or someone you know needs a high-quality hand crafted diamond engagement ring at a fair price, or email if you are interested in investing during The Clear Cut’s seed round.