The cornerstones of this little business are about feeling deeply good & confident in & about slow fashion; where your money is going to; that you're supporting a craft with a moral backbone; & that your environmentally conscious & humanitarian heart can rest easy. This means that the gemstones that called to you in the first place are more than just a pretty face with a tumultuous background.
**ethical sourcing has entered the chat**
Finding stones that are ethically sourced can prove challenging. Luckily there are enough of us now who both don't mind sifting around to find the reputable connects- & the demand is also increasing.
But what exactly does this term even mean?
Let's take a look!
Ethical sourcing is an umbrella term that represents multiple requirements from assurance that there is no child labor or general exploitive practices in the mines or towns that process the stones; It's about raising the bare to expect fair treatment & pay for the workers, & that there is trickle down, vs all the money going to a few "at the top". From time to time I get to work with dealers who've personally been to the mines & towns of origins, or have a trustworthy point person who's been. There's an increase in companies that recirculate money generated by the mines right back into the local economy, funding schools & job training. Many small towns rely heavily on the gems that they extract to put food on their tables.
Getting jewelry at a bargain means displacing the cost onto someone else. Nothing exists in a vacuum. Cheap stones equate to untraceable & questionable practices.
Accountability & traceability are clutch.
When you purchase jewelry with stones the price tag should be a bit higher, in the same way that we pay a higher premium for organic & high quality food. They're both better for us, the environment, & our consciences; and both are a great plan for our health!
Pretty jewels that we can feel really good about & in turn feel even more beautiful?