The woodwork workshop Rubyfair.com established at the Ukwama children’s Home has made and sold three beds since our visit to set the workshop up in July. Many thanks to all our clients who buy ethical ruby and sapphire from us for their ethical jewellery without this support this work would not take place.
Ethical issues have been high on the agenda at this year’s International Jewellery London.
Consumers are now more aware of ethical issues. A recent IJL consumer survey revealed that the ethical issues surrounding the production and manufacture of jewellery are now seen by the survey respondents as major concerns. This trend is possibly spurred by the Leonardo DiCaprio film, ‘Blood Diamonds’, which brought blood diamonds, ‘Conflict Gems’ from war-torn countries, and worker exploitation to the fore. Three-quarters of the respondents comment that they are prepared to pay a premium for Fairtrade jewellery that has been ethically sourced.