Ethical and Fair Trade Gemstones – an overview

In the time that I have worked in the trade attempting to secure ethical products, perhaps the most problematic and vexing has been the question of gemstones.

The reasons for this are varied, but the fact that gemstones are of less financial value than diamonds, are more readily accessible for the artisanal and small scale miner and are dominated by thousands of individual traders and dealers makes understanding the gemstone space from an ethical supply chain point of view very challenging.

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