Ethically Sourced Gemstones and Diamonds

Rose Gold Canadian Diamond Ring

Rose Gold Canadian Diamond Ring

Nature gives us the raw materials that we use in our art, and we believe we are morally obligated to respect that gift.  At Studio1098, we make every effort to ensure that we design and make our exceptional jewellery in a sustainable, socially responsible way.

 

Tamara is a certified gemmologist in both the UK and Canada, and has deep supplier relationships and years of experience sourcing gemstones and diamonds for collectors and for clients who come to Studio1098 for custom jewellery design.  Tamara has taken the time to understand our supply chain to ensure that our suppliers operate in a manner consistent with our values.  We know a lot about where our raw materials come from and we are committed to sourcing our diamonds and gemstones in ways that are socially and environmentally responsible.

Oval Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring

Oval Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring

All of our diamonds are conflict-free, sourced in accordance with the Kimberley Process, an international certification program established by the United Nations in 2003 to prevent the trade in conflict or blood diamonds.  The Kimberley Process requires participating countries to control the import and export of rough diamonds to prevent them from being smuggled by those seeking to finance war.  We also specialize in Canadian diamonds.  Canadian mines are subject to rigorous environmental and labour standards, and have a strong commitment to their local communities.

 

We also use ethically sourced gemstones.  Traceability is a challenge for coloured gemstones, but we work with our suppliers to ensure that they are asking the right questions of the miners and suppliers of rough gemstones that they work with.  Most of our sapphires come from Sri Lanka, where most of the mining organizations are cooperatives where miners participate in the profit and where low impact mining practices are the norm.

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