Category Archives: Ethical news.

Ethical stones in ethical Jewellery.

Now ethical sourcing can cover all of the jewellery.

With the availability of ethical gemstones across the product range now, along with ethical and reclaimed precious metals, gone are the days that a jeweller can dismiss the shift towards ethical sourcing as impossible due to a restrictive product range.

Rubyfair.com has been supplying ethical ruby, tanzanite, spinel and sapphire to the market since 2009 and has found its market place has become wider and more informed as each year passes.

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Rubyfair.com necklace in 18k gold with ethical ruby and Tanzanite.

In order to help spread the word and introduce jewellers to its range rubyfair.com is commissioning some exclusive one off pieces using its ethical gemstones and reclaimed gold. The idea is to supply these exclusive pieces to the trade so as to showcase rubyfair.com ethical gemstones and allow jewellers to sell a piece without the initial outlay for the gemstones and manufacture. If you are an ethical jeweller and wish to discuss stocking these items please contact rubyfair.com here

Diamonds are losing their sparkle as rubies become a girl’s best friend

spinel facet spf 1783An article in The Times last week revealed that The Duchess of Cambridge’s Sapphire engagement ring is believed to have buoyed sales of coloured  gemstones. Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and Felicity Jones have all worn Ruby gemstones on the red carpet. Coloured gemstones are seen as less formal, more fun, and reflect the wearer’s personality more than diamonds.

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Jewellers across the country are seeing a strong trend towards bright, vibrant, and colourful gemstones. Diamonds still top the engagement ring category, but coloured gemstones are popular with female shoppers who are buying pieces for themselves, a market that has grown by 25% in the last year.

Women are spending up to £2000 on a piece of statement gemstone jewellery for themselves. Last year a pair of vintage 1930s  Ruby Cartier earrings sold for £482,000. Blue shades are especially popular and our Spinel and Tanzanite gemstones are perfect for making that stand out piece.

If you would like to see any of our stones face to face then please contact Richard at  Rubyfair.com, on 07515 734313 or e mail on richardjholmes@hotmail.co.uk.

 

 

Interesting artical by Tanzanite one about sharp increases in Tanzanite prices.

Stunning Tanzanite from Rubyfair.com

Stunning Tanzanite from Rubyfair.com

TANZANITE UPDATE NOV 2014 - Prices of Tanzanite Expected to Rise

Steve Moriarty just returned from his trip to Tanzanite in November 2014  Prices of tanzanite were at exceptionally high levels in Arusha Tanzania and at the mines in Merilani during my November 2014 trip.

Recent changes at Tanzanite One, the largest  mechanized tanzanite mine are the cause of the tanzanite shortage.  The Tanzanian Government has taken a larger share of the production of “block C” operated by Richland Resources the parent company of Tanzanite One.  Up from 10% to 50% share the Tanzanian Government has stepped in to stop illegal mining from claims bordering block “C”.

Much of the production of Tanzanite was coming from mines surrounding Tanzanite One’s claim.  These mines were digging down and then cutting over into the highly productive claim of Tanzanite One.  With cooperation from their new partner the Tanzanian Goverment, the military was sent in to close down the illicit mining which has caused the current shortage of Tanzanite. 

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Currently carat weight has less affect on tanzanite than on other gems like ruby, sapphire, emerald or diamond.  If Tanzanite One Group gets more control of the market they have plans to change the pricing structure more like that of diamonds which are more affected by size and quality.  China has been showing more interest in Tanzanite and with the vast market in China growing demand could have dramatic effects on the price and availability of Tanzanite. We are currently in 2013 seeing the following approximate price breaks in our inventory.  Prices of Tanzanite change quickly and dramatically.   Tanzanite showing a noticable green component will be priced significantly less.

        Prices Per Carat for Very Good to Good Cut  and Si1 to VS Clarity   

Example: A 2.00ct. exceptional tanzanite at $600 per carat would cost $1200.

AAA+ is Exceptional Color ~ AAA is Vivid Color ~ AAA/AA is Intense Color ~ AA is Moderate Color ~ A is Light Color

(AAA+) (AAA)  (AAA-AA) (AA) (A) Pale
.00-.49ct $240 $200 $190 $100 $70 $50
.50-.79ct $325 $275 $220 $150 $100 $65
.80-1.25ct $425 $300 $260 $220 $150 $100
1.25-1.99ct $500 $400 $325 $300 $175 $125
2.00-2.99ct $600 $525 $450 $350 $200 $150
3.00ct & Up $650 $550 $450 $375 $255 $200

Is the world changing to view ethical jewellery as the norm ?

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Rubyfair.com miners sieving at rubyfair.com ethical mine.

A recent article out on the news wires (link here) reports that the British government is aiming to make retailers and producers more aware of human rights abuses that take place in their supply chains . This should give a boost to both ethical gem suppliers and ethical jewellers.

Ethical Jewellers such as Rachel Sweeney, co-owner of Cox + Power, said: “I think there is much more awareness of ethics and fair trade in all fields – food, fashion, jewellery – and people are aware of conflict issues relating to diamonds as well.”

This is a great initiative by the UK government but recommendations and guidelines should be backed up with legislation. Unethical dealers will always ignore guidelines and attempt to undercut the ethical competition by using products sourced from those using child labour and unacceptable working methods.

The supply line of gemstones and other raw materials should be open and accountable and any supplier and importer who cannot satisfy officials should be refused the ability to import their stock into the UK.

With the ease of communication and the internet it is relatively easy for companies to become more transparent about their working methods and give their customers the choice. If the government is taking a step in the right direction with these guide lines it can only be welcomed but without teeth it is still up to the buying public to do their own research.

 

 

 

A post about another blog.

Very lazy blog I know but if you are interested in fairness in the jewellery industry ( and if you are not interested in fairness please go and try another business ! ) then this blog is well worth following http://blog.gregvalerio.com/2010/11/17/ethical-and-fair-trade-gemstones-an-overview/.

On another but linked note please take a look at this and like and share page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gary-Roberts-photographer/388118484600452 Ivory poaching is not out of control and its use within and outside the jewellery trade needs to stop.

Spinel becoming the go to gem stone.

Jewellery designers and their clients are featuring spinels of all colours in their latest designs today more than ever before. The increased availability of spinel in a variety of colours and cuts in recent years has given jewellers and their clients a greater choice. Recent articles such as this one in the FT have brought this gem stone more and more into the public view.

In 2004, a new discovery of fine vivid red spinels from Ipanko, near the village of Mahenge in Southern Tanzania , quickly catapulted this under-appreciated gem to new status. These spinels, possessing an electric color that rivals and often surpasses the best from Burma, have brought spinel from all sources to the attention of designers and collectors. Rubyfair.com has continued mining a variety of colours and sizes of spinel from its ethical mine in Ipanko since 2008.

Tanzanite , Ruby , Rain and schools !

School children sponsored by Rubyfair.com

School children sponsored by Rubyfair.com

Back from mine and Tanzania. A few updates . Tanzanite is it running out ? Well no despite all the rumours Tanzanite is not running out but it is rare and prices are starting to edge up. The word from the mine is that buyers particularly from China and the middle east are buying top quality Tanzanite not the pale blue desaturated stones that you so often see on TV and in the cheaper end of the jewellery market but rich blue Tanzanite . Tanzanite is rare ( its only found in one place in the world ! ) but there is still plenty available have a look at our ethically mined stones here.

Our ruby mine was brought to a halt when the rains came early but Rashid our mine manager has worked hard and we have some nice new ruby stock both cabochon and facet. Rain has been the hot topic in the UK but its causing problems across Africa too the Maasai have had to alter their grazing routes and many lives are been affected.

The children that rubyfair.com sponsor from the Ukwama orphanage have been dispersed to a number of schools to suit their ages but we are still keeping in touch and sending funds. The orphanage itself has suffered from large downpours but the new roof paid for by rubyfair.com is holding up. Many thanks to all our rubyfair.com clients who support us and help support this work. keep coming back for further updates why not join us on twitter and Facebook please like the page.