What You Can Do to Purchase Fairly Made Jewelry
You’re probably asking what you can do to help.
The first thing you can do is simply ask! Jewelers aren’t used to customers asking them questions… yet. But the more raised eyebrows they receive when they say they don’t know where their metals and stones are from, the more large wedding ring purchases they lose out on when a conscious couple walks away, the more times they hear, “Oh, I don’t want to buy a genocide gem,” then the more likely they are to do their purchasing more carefully, and also ask the middlemen where gemstones come from.
Unlike fast fashion, where the profit is in selling a lot of things with tiny margins, fine jewelers will notice every purchase lost to their lack of transparency.
Next, look for the Fairmined Ecological certification when buying gold. The Fairmined label certifies mines who are socially and environmentally responsible, with no child labor. The miners get a guaranteed fair price, plus an additional premium to invest in proper training and equipment, social development, and environmental protection. The Fairmined Ecological certification goes a step above, guaranteeing that no mercury or cyanide was used at the mine, and even requires that the mine rehabilitate local ecosystems.
There are several jewelers that use Fairmined gold, and many jewelry houses that support this initiative financially, but the only luxury jeweler dedicated to only Fairmined Ecological gold is the new brand Futura, which crafts iconic designs out of pure 18kt Ecological gold sourced from the only certified mine in the world in Mongolia, with the hopes that creating consumer demand for this sustainable gold will encourage more mines to change their practices and become certified.
In terms of gemstones, for most, the best you can do is ask. Even the Kimberley Process has come under scrutiny for having remarkably lax standards. So, if you are in search of a 100% guaranteed clean and eco-friendly diamond, consider choosing lab-grown diamonds.
A lab-grown diamond set in a Fairmined Ecological gold ring? Now that is the future of luxury jewelry.