Responsible resourcing is important to me, as the jewellery industry is known to have a dark side. It is polluting and heavily taxing the environment in the precious metals and gemstone mining areas. It is also known for the uneven balance of the miners and mining communities being undervalued and underpaid.
This is why transparency is important to me. I would like my customers to see and understand where my resources come from, and why I choose to work with these companies. Sourcing from small-scale artisanal mining is important and me because in doing so, I (and you) help support these mining communities, not only sustain their income, but also enable fair wages, schooling, and education.
Moyo Gems is a program to support women miners in Tanzania. I love this project and support it when I can, I tell my customers about this project during consultations when discussing their jewellery ideas.
Discovered in the ocean, evoking personal memories of the sea for the wearer.
Responsibly sourced by divers who leave minimal trace on the environment. Diamonds that have experienced an incredible journey from land to river to sea over billions of years. Certified provenance from the ocean, with a location map. Our diamond divers venture out when the weather is calm, occurring a couple of times a month.
Using a small boat, these local divers set out during the day, they anchor less than a kilometre from the shore, and dive in a water depth between 0-12 metres. They stay out a similar length of time as an inshore fisherman would and return home at the end of the day. The equipment on the boats is made by people in the local communities. Some teams don›t use a boat at all and the divers swim into the water straight off the shore.
Diamonds For Peace
Diamonds for Peace is a non-profit organisation supporting diamond miners in Liberia.
This foundation was set up by Ms. Chie Murakami in 2014.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Chie Murakami and Ms. Maki Yamagishi.
I am also a supporter of DFP you can also get involved by making a one-off donation or a monthly contribution.