A Sense of Source

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The growing awareness and importance of artisanal mines

By John Shanahan

All jewelry tells a story, whether it’s of the designer’s idea, the customer’s dream, or the sentiment behind its giving. More and more, however, socially savvy jewelers and their customers are asking to be told another story for their money: the story of how responsibly their precious metals and stones are sourced, and how it helps change the way things in the industry are done. It’s the story of artisanal mining.