fair trade :: not just for coffee beans


“Fair trade” has become a buzz word many of us use. We buy Fair Trade coffee beans at the co-op, nibble Fair Trade chocolate, look for the Fair Trade logo on our clothing. We understand the reasons Fair Trade businesses commit to fair wages, cooperative workplaces, consumer education, environmental sustainability, respect for cultural identity, and public accountability. Should your jewelry, especially the jewelry we use to symbolize our commitment to each other, be any different? We don’t think so. That’s why we’re so excited to source Fair Trade gemstones for our clients.

kara | daniel offers a selection of Fair Trade gems, like the Nyala Ruby above, that are closely tracked from mine to market to ensure that every gem has been handled according to strict protocols. We appreciate being able to assure clients that their gemstone was mined with the highest standards in environmental protection, fair labor practices at the cutting and jewelry factories, and a tight chain of custody that eliminates the possibility of treated gems or synthetics being introduced into the supply chain. Our gemstone suppliers also work with the communities where the mines are located in promotion of cultural diversity, and public education and accountability. Now that’s sparkle we can get behind.

Kara Aubin