These rare black pearls are cultivated within a peaceful bay alongside the Baja peninsula known as the Sea of Cortez. After nearly being harvested to the point of extinction in the 1930s, Sea of Cortez pearls have slowly begun to resurface.
Both mines have demonstrated a strong commitment to hiring local Aboriginal people, providing a skilled apprenticeship program and improving the average income and unemployment rate.
The Sea of Cortez farm is founded, owned, and operated by a collective of marine biologists whose goal is to preserve this rare oyster species and protect its natural habitat. The farm operates under strict fair labor practices and is contributing to the local economy of the state of Sonora in northwest Mexico. Learn more
Our stunning Colombian emeralds have been mined in a remote part of the Andes Mountains for hundreds of years. This isolated location protects the emerald trade from the violence and corruption of Colombian drug trafficking. Low-impact mining practices guarantee that local ecosystems remain intact.
One of our partners in the Colombian mines is an expert gemologist whose passion for emeralds drives him to develop the ethical emerald trade in Colombia. He promotes fair wages through shared profits and has produced long-term improvements in the lives of small scale emerald miners. Learn more
We source our Malawi sapphires exclusively from the Chimwadzulu Hill Mine, where fair trade principles are gaining traction. Small scale sapphire mining is only permissible for a part of the year in order to protect local wildlife habitats, streams, watersheds, and groundwater. The Chimwadzulu mine meets and exceeds our high standards for acceptable environmental and labor practices.
This mine proudly supports its seventy workers by offering above-average wages and health care, rebuilding a local medical clinic, and establishing an elementary school. This mine is a vital contributor to the local economy and a fantastic example of fair trade principles in action. Learn more
We source our Zambian emeralds exclusively from the Kagem mine, a leader in socially responsible gemstone mining. The Kagem mine has taken significant steps in effort to minimize its environmental impact and has forged a close partnership with the World Land Trust, exceeding our high standards for acceptable environmental practices.
The mine has greatly contributed to the economy in the area and proudly supports five hundred workers with housing and meals. Additionally, the Kagem mine has invested in social projects such as upgrading a hospital clinic and building a secondary school. Learn more
Sri Lanka produces sapphires of extraordinary color and quality. Miners in Sri Lanka employ age-old techniques that have been used for thousands of years while minimizing damage to the environment. Government regulations require the use of low-impact mining techniques. In addition, all new ventures must undergo an assessment by environmental groups.
Operating in small cooperatives called karahaulas, artisanal miners share the costs, labor, and profits from the sale of any gemstones found. Workers receive food, lodging, and a weekly allowance from the mine owner. Learn more
Our Australian sapphires are mined in accordance with Australia's strict environmental monitoring policies. We source from mines that protect the well-being of their employees by guaranteeing health and safety in the workplace and providing competitive wages and benefits.
Australia protects their nation's ecosystems by following strict environmental regulations that include zero impact on water quality and complete land restoration. Legally, miners must pay a fee that is returned when the land meets or exceeds its original condition. Learn more
Our Tahitian cultured pearls originate from the sustainable pearl farm Kamoka Pearl, located 300 miles northeast of Tahiti. These stunning, deep grey pearls are cultivated under the most rigorous labor, trade, and environmental protocols. This pearl farm is using innovative and natural methods to protect native species.
This small owner-operated farm is comprised of expert farmers who live and work together in a communal setting. Fair wages and low turnover foster a positive working environment that results in consistently beautiful pearls. Learn more
Our mission is to cultivate a more ethical, transparent, and sustainable jewelry industry. We hold true to our values of awareness and transparency by carefully tracking our origins.
Brilliant Earth's sapphires are sourced in accordance with fair trade and environmentally responsible principles. These sapphires are sourced directly from our partner mines in Sri Lanka, Australia, and Malawi. We guarantee that all of our stunning sapphires have been handled according to strict labor, trade, and environmental protocols. Learn more
Our lustrous pearls are sourced from small scale farms that are dedicated to harvesting pearls and preserving the unique species that create them. These pearl farms provide fair wages, practice natural techniques, and respect the local ecosystems. Each natural, untreated pearl is carefully tracked and handled according to strict labor and environmental protocols. Learn more
We offer emeralds of deep, stunning color and ethical origins. A portion of our emeralds come from the Muzo Mine region in Colombia where miners are employed under fair labor standards. The other portion of emeralds come from the Kagem mine in central Zambia where the mine’s owners have funded social investment projects such as upgrading a local clinic to a hospital and creating a new secondary school. Learn more
Our peridots and garnets are ethically sourced from protected reservations in the Southwestern United States. Our amethysts are traceable to Uruguay, while our fire citrines come from Brazil. Our grape garnets come from the east coast of India, by the Bay of Bengal. All of our semi-precious gemstones are mined, cut, and polished in accordance with responsible labor, trade, and environmental practices. Learn more
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