— Michelle B.
— Harriet Lamb, CEO of Fairtrade International
—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Much of the colored gemstone supply is from small-scale miners. Between seventy and ninety percent of gemstones are supplied by small operations, benefitting local economies.
Ethical gemstone sourcing hinges around three primary questions: To what degree is there traceability and transparency back to mine? What are the conditions at the mine and cutting facility? What do we know about the ethics of the supplier?