Jewellery making and Gem sourcing is a highly competitive industry. Originally everything was done by hand, but nowadays lots of low cost items are manufactured by automated machines and computers. Majority, if not all of which is done in controlled environments where modern equipment and employment law is the norm. This has eliminated the problems of exploitation and child labour.
However, there is much more of an ethical issue when it comes to the gathering or mining of gem materials. They are all natural to the environment we live in, some miles under the earth crust, the oceans, or even under the glaciers or ice caps of our planet.
Ethical jewellery is considered to be jewellery that has no negative impact on the people who make it, or the environment they're sourced / produced in.
There have been many controls and processes put in place to protect both the supplier and buyer, the most well known of which is probably The Kimberley Process which is a certification scheme for diamonds, established in 2003 by a United Nations resolution, following a series of reports which first exposed the link between the diamond trade and the financing of conflict. These have all helped to expose, highlight and stop exploitation of people / communities and unnecessary damage to the environment during the various stages of gem sourcing and jewellery production.
In 2012 The Fairtrade Foundation's standard for gold came into place, helping artisan miners obtain a fair price, safer working practices and greater investment in their communities. Fairtrade Gold is now available in most forms 9ct Yellow, 18ct White and Yellow and Fine Gold.
If you would like us to work with you to create an ethical, sustainable and Fairtrade item of jewellery, then please contact us on 01702 713645 or email@example.com