Australia's internationally- recognised policies assure us that our sapphires have been mined with well-being of mine employees, safe workplaces and competitive wages prioritised. Australia protects ecosystems by following strict environmental regulations, including land restoration and minimal impact on water quality. Mining companies must pay a fee, returned only after mining is complete and the land meets or exceeds its original condition.
BLUE SAPPHIRES & PINK RUBIES
The Chimwadzulu Hill Mine in Malawi practises fair trade principles that safeguard workers and the environment. Mining is only permissible for half of the year in order to protect local wildlife habitats and bodies of water. The mine supports its 70 employees by offering above-average wages and health care, as well as a recently-built medical clinic and an elementary school. The mine is a significant contributor to the local economy.
EMERALDS & RED RUBIES
It's the goal of our supplier to operate in a way that contributes positively to Zambia's national economy, builds lasting, sustainable livelihoods for the communities around the mines and balances what's taken with what's given back. These stones originate from mines that promote socially responsible practices, have taken steps to minimise their environmental footprints, and contribute financially to projects like building new schools and clinics.
DARK BLUE SAPPHIRES
We can trace these beautiful blue gemstones all the way back to their mines in the western US state of Montana, where our trusted supplier has a significant impact on the hand-mining process itself. Operations are planned to safeguard the natural setting of the mine, which means leaving as much untouched vegetation as possible and protection of streams and watersheds from natural sediment and pollutants.
Doesn't violate human rights
Jewellery is not beautiful if stained by violence, exploitation or poverty. That's why we refuse to support operations that don't demonstrate compassion towards their employees. We're diligent when it comes to ensuring that our gems are harvested under safe working conditions, by adults who are paid fair wages for their labour.
Minimises environmental impact
We recognise that mining is mining - ultimately, it will never be anything other than boring a hole into the ground to extract a natural substance. But, there are a number of techniques that can minimise environmental degradation. Keeping the hole small, recovering the area, planting local vegetation and managing water supplies responsibly are all steps taken in the mines that we source our gemstones from.
Is safe and responsibly managed
Each country maintains its own standards - even habits - when it comes to labour. It's the responsibility of our suppliers to sustain dialogues with the miners and communities that they work with, sometimes educating on safety when necessary. What's viewed as standard from a western perspective might not yet be formalised in a developing country. This is a challenging domain, but hugely valuable for trade development in the long run.
Mining has the potential to change lives for the better. We will always favour small-scale operations, because their communal impact is direct. We use the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to assess mining operations - do they ensure 'No Hunger' or 'Decent Work and Economic Growth'? Building from the bottom up provides solid, sustainable foundations.