Tips for Vetting Responsible Suppliers

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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 what does it really mean? And how do you know for sure whether or not something is actually what the company is claiming it to be? How do you know who to trust in an industry where trust is key?