Knowing the provenance of your gemstones

Knowing the provenance of your gemstones

Written by Alice Rochester on 27 June 2019

When Harriet was first starting out in the jewellery industry, she naturally asked questions of her suppliers about her gemstone provenance, and was repeatedly met with the same blank stares, and once, memorably, with the line “You’re in the wrong industry for that hippy [nonsense] luv”.  As a result, we were really pleased to read this Guardian article as although it is referring to the mining of crystals for healing, it highlights some of the problems associated with gemstone mining too – after all, the only difference in some of the stones is in the clarity of the crystal and therefore their value in terms of a possible gemstone for jewellery.  Here at Harriet Kellsall Bespoke Jewellery we quiz all our gemstone suppliers about the origins of the gorgeous gems we use, and whilst there are still a couple for whom the best answer they can give is “we’re working with people we trust, who work with people they trust; we are trying to get more answers”…  we are increasingly using suppliers who can be more certain about provenance – some of whom have visited the mine sites, met the miners and can really ensure that things are being done as well as possible.  What is so exciting to us about the content of this article is that it highlights the growing consumer awareness around provenance and sourcing of crystals and gems, and therefore how much has changed since Harriet first started her business and was asking those questions about where her gems were coming from.  The pace of change is increasing. We can’t wait to see what the next few years hold in store.