— Michelle B.
— Harriet Lamb, CEO of Fairtrade International
—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Ethical Sapphires: Our ethical sapphires are from a small scale mining Sri Lankan cooperative. Our ethical sapphires are also cut in Sri Lanka.
An ancient Vedic story describes all sapphires as originating from Vela, a primordial god. In the midst of a great battle, his body was ripped apart. His eyes— cobalt globes of fire and stardust— broke apart, shattering into a million pieces. These fragments became the famous sapphires of Sri Lanka.
Symbolically, the god Vela represents primordial essence from the fire, rock, and compression that formed the earth. Looking into a sapphire, you can sense the elemental purity akin to mysterious blue starlight.
Ourblue sapphires are from Sri Lanka. These “cornflower blue” sapphires are widely recognized as the most beautiful in the world. Most of our sapphires fall into the medium-dark range of these.
We source these sapphires from a small-scale mining Sri Lankan cooperative— a tiny operation employing just eight miners and a foreman. They work cooperatively as shareholders— each member of the group receives a percentage of every sale. Mining is done by hand, which means that the supply will support generations.
The sapphires are also cut in Sri Lanka by a local facility that has excellent working conditions. They pay above the going rate in order to attract, keep, and nurture highly skilled cutters. Cutting in Sri Lanka provides additional downstream local economic benefits for the local community.
The polishing factory funds a school, as well as the education of its employees. It also provides a subsidized canteen and helps to cover accommodations.
Our pink sapphires come from Malawi, imported by an exceptional company that has pioneered fair trade gem practices in the jewelry sector.
These sapphires can be directly traced back to the mine, where the mining has a significant beneficial impact on the small scale mining communities.
The miners and brokers involved in generating the material for the gemstones agree to adhere to fair trade principles. The gemstones also meet health standards regarding cutting.
We can also, upon request, source Montana sapphires. These stone tend to be light blue, and strikingly beautiful. Contact us if you would like to explore this option.