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Tips for Being an Environmentally Responsible Jeweler
June 16th, 2022

Going Green Tips for small shop changes that can make a global difference By Shawna Kulpa What does it mean to be an environmentally responsible jeweler? Is it knowing the origin of the precious metals and gemstones used in your work and ensuring that they were sourced responsibly? Is it recycling all of your metal […]

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Tips for Vetting Responsible Suppliers
June 16th, 2022

It Takes a Village Exploring best practices for sourcing responsibly By Deborah A. Yonick For more than a decade, there’s been a movement within the jewelry industry to improve how the precious materials used in it are sourced. As a result, many companies have begun referring to their products as “responsible,” “recycled,” and “sustainable.” But […]

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Creating and Telling a Responsible Story
June 13th, 2022

Doing Good Is Good Business The path toward a socially responsibly business By Andrea Hill Most of us agree that being a responsible parent or adult is important, and, if asked, I imagine that every person reading this could articulate the elements of responsibility: Telling the truth, demonstrating good character, modeling good behavior and values, […]

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The Need for Getting Involved
June 1st, 2022

Make Change Participation is essential to developing responsible sourcing solutions By Andrea Hill Three of the most challenging aspects of engaging in jewelry industry responsible supply chain activities are how opaque jewelry supply chains continue to be, how many problems remain to be solved, and the moral dilemmas around many of our materials. The truth […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Telling a Different Story
September 23rd, 2020

Profiles of two of the industry’s leaders in responsible sourcing By Shawna Kulpa Consumers love a good story, and jewelry, with its sparkling gemstones, storied history, and romantic underpinnings, has lent itself to many an intriguing tale. But there’s also a side of the jewelry industry that doesn’t make for a good story—one where precious […]

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