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We embrace ‘imperfection’

Just a quick read about why we prefer ethical gemstones with inclusions.

Traditionally in the gemstone business stones with inclusions are considered flawed. The miners get a premium price only for the highest quality of gemstones mined. This means buyers are usually only interested in a minimal part of their findings leaving artisan miners with a great deal of ‘stock’ which they have to find a buyer for or for which they get a fraction of the price.

By buying and seeing the beauty made by Mother Earth in these so called imperfections (inclusions) the miners get an increased demand for the stones they could traditionally not sell easily. To help them obtain better better wages, prices for their findings we do want exactly these gemstones. 

Inclusions are incredible to look at, the actually make a stone look real and alive but above all it makes them unique. It is a piece of history stored within them. The inclusions are the traces of their provenance. Gemstones are mostly found attached to another piece of stone, this is called the mother stone. To us, inclusions are the proof that the ethically sourced gemstone is real, it remains intriguing and we see it as something that makes a piece one of a kind.

We know this might seem like a minor contribution to changing the gemstone industry but we believe staying true to our intention to make ethical, sustainable and fair trade jewelry, will make that small difference needed to push the industry to a more ethical and transparent level.