Fairly Traded Coloured Gemstones

Written by Laurie McGrath on 9 June 2016

On Monday our design team had the pleasure of a visit from Stuart, who is a new gemstone supplier we have recently started working with. The supplier specialises in ‘fairly-traded’ coloured gemstones which are sourced directly from mines in Sri Lanka. This traceability is really rare in the coloured gemstone industry so we are excited to be working with and to have the opportunity to give our customers the option of using traceable stones within their rings.

Our meeting room table was literally covered in sapphires, garnets, tourmalines, spinel, topaz, amethyst, aquamarine, citrine and moonstone. As well as simply admiring the beauty of these stones our design team got to find out more about Sri Lanka and the way stones are mined there. Sri Lanka has a really good reputation for ethics within gemstone mining mainly due to the country’s history of properly licensing mining activities and a local culture which is against child labour.

In Sri Lanka there are many gemstone markets, but unfortunately even at this relatively local stage gems from a variety of different mines will have been mixed up together and so their traceability is lost. Stuart goes to the mines directly to buy stones from the miners and this is great as it means he can be completely confident of the stones origins. I think the gemstone display he created for us really fired up our designers imaginations and we are all looking forward to working with these really special stones.

Here are some photos from the day showing both cut and rough gemstone crystals.