BY LISA MARIE DESIGNER GOLDSMITH

Ethical Jewellery Designer

Ethically Sourced Gemstones

I always source my gemstones responsibly.

An option that has recently started to be available is gemstones mined under Fairtrade principles. This answers a lot of questions for us because we know they come from projects that are independently audited for environmental standards, labour practices and health and safety standards in mining and cutting.

It is impossible at the moment to guarantee every one of these will be OK for each gemstone, given the difficulty of tracing them down the supply chain, although thanks to the Kimberley Process we can be very sure that we’ll never be using conflict diamonds.