Online Articles

Home / Publications / Online Library / Responsible Sourcing

Fair Trade Protocols for Responsible Colored Gems
May 3rd, 2022

Doing It In-House Columbia Gem House’s system for qualifying stone suppliers Jewelry makers dedicated to responsible practices can get frustrated when it comes to sourcing colored gemstones, since there currently aren’t any gemstone-specific certifications for suppliers. That’s one of the reasons why Eric Braunwart, president of Columbia Gem House (CGH) in Vancouver, Washington, decided to […]

Read More...

Understanding the Need for Certification Standards
May 3rd, 2022

Making a Difference Adopting standards are a business necessity, not an option By Andrea Hill The world woke up on February 24 to the news that Russia had begun a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. During the week that followed, as extraordinary international sanctions were implemented and the UN Security Council and General Assembly censured Russia, […]

Read More...

How Sustainability Is Driving Diamond Sales
May 3rd, 2022

For Good Reason Sustainability is key in sustaining diamond sales By Deborah A. Yonick Next to food and clothing, fine jewelry ranks as the third most frequently purchased category based on sustainability considerations among consumers. In fact, sustainability considerations are on par with price and design for jewelry consumers worldwide, according to De Beers’ 2021 […]

Read More...

Sourcing Jewelry Materials Responsibly
May 3rd, 2022

Just the Start Industry initiatives and projects promoting sustainability By Sharon Elaine Thompson Tucson is always hectic, but this year, Eric Braunwart and his staff were unable to leave their booth even to get lunch. What really surprised Braunwart—the founder of Columbia Gem House in Vancouver, Washington, a leading supplier of responsibly sourced colored gems—was […]

Read More...

A Guide to Responsible Sourcing Certifications and Standards
April 8th, 2022

Certified Responsible Certifications and standards for responsible supply chains By Shawna Kulpa RJC, COP, SCS, IRMA, ARM, CRAFT, OECD… If you’ve looked into responsible sourcing within the jewelry industry, you’ve likely come across many of these acronyms. They may even have you scratching your head in an effort to keep them all straight. Being a […]

Read More...