June 5, 2024
Ethical Sapphires

Ethical Sapphires: What are they and why should you buy them?

Imagine a gemstone so vibrant and full of life that it not only catches the eye, but also embodies the very essence of luxury from the roots of our earth. Imagine this very gemstone capturing all the attention. Most importantly, imagine its makers - the heroes behind the curtain – the magicians that bring out sheer luxury from grime – being acclaimed, appreciated, and supported for all their underrated efforts, patience, and impact they have in creating a beautiful gemstone...

Ethical Sapphires are exactly that – Gems mined under strict ethical standards with the insurance fair labour practices, environmental protection, and generous contributions to the local communities that make it all possible. These gems are also “free of guilt” thanks to the maintenance of transparency within all processes – from the mining to the end product. All of which is purely because the immaculate beauty of a sapphire must not come at the cost of the planet or its people.

In this blog, we will explore what ethical sapphires are, their significance, and what difference they make in the future of ethical luxury.

What are Ethical Sapphires?

Ethical Sapphires are gemstones that are sourced, produced, and traded in a sustainable manner that doesn’t leave behind the adverse effects of conventional mining. They are not just any gemstones; they are a pledge towards humanity and the environment.

This push for transparency and ethicality in the sapphire industry is not just about ensuring quality but about fostering trust and integrity in every gem sold.

Not just that, initiating ad maintaining the use of Ethical Sapphires go hand in hand with the Ecological and Social Welfare aspects of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

So, What Makes a Sapphire Ethical?

  1. Guilt–Free Sparkle: Ethical sapphires mean your stunning new gem isn't hiding a dark secret. They come from places where mining is peaceful and fair, with no nasty conflicts or human rights issues involved. Basically, you can feel good knowing your sapphire's beauty wasn't built on someone else's suffering.
    Basically, you can treasure your sapphire knowing it didn't come at a bad cost.
  2. Kind to the Earth: Ethical sapphire mining operations actively work to minimize their impact on the environment. At Ceylons – Our eco-conscious Sapphire Miners at the ECOMINE focus on using less water & energy and minimize the release of harmful substances. Our new approach at our ECOMINE is a “World’s First” for a 100% Carbon Neutral mine that has zero harm to the Earth.
    Additionally, efforts are made to rehabilitate mining sites and support reforestation initiatives, promoting the restoration and preservation of natural ecosystems.
  3. Responsible Sourcing Practices: Ethical sapphires are sourced through mining practices that prioritize the safety, fair treatment, and proper working conditions of miners – with essential sanitary solutions and clean drinking water, for example.
    This ensures that the rights and well-being of individuals involved in the mining process are protected. Ethical sourcing aims to drop exploitation and hazardous work environments.
  4. Community Empowerment: Ethical sapphire mining goes beyond responsible sourcing and environmental concerns. They aim to create positive change within local communities by providing opportunities that contribute to the overall well-being and sustainable development of these communities.
    Yet another reason Ceylons is proud to work with Ethically sourced Sapphires - Our recent initiation of an aquaponic farming system, at the ECOMINE, generates alternative income for our miner’s and their families.

How Are Ethical Sapphires Different from Non-Ethical Sapphires?

The difference lies in the commitment to responsible sourcing, conflict-free status, environmental sustainability, and community empowerment. Non-ethical sapphires may be associated with issues such as human rights violations, unfair labour practices, environmental damage, and involvement in conflicts or violence.

Just between the two of us 🤫 Ensuring a conflict free status in the gem world is bare minimum. However – the fact that it is conflict free doesn’t necessarily mean that it can be ethical.

Ethical sapphires address these concerns throughout their entire supply chain by maintaining transparency at each step of the supply chain to signify how each stone is mined, ensuring a more responsible and sustainable approach to the gemstone industry. Transparency allows consumers to make informed choices about the gemstones they buy and ensures that the sapphires they buy are sourced and produced responsibly. Transparent practices involve showing information about the mining locations, the working conditions, and the environmental impact of the mining operations.

By promoting transparency, the sapphire industry can build trust and enable consumers to support ethical practices and make a positive impact through their purchasing decisions.

Where are Ethical Sapphires sourced from?

Ethical Sapphires can be found in countries known for their commitment to sustainability, fair labour, and environmental stewardship. Some common regions associated with ethical sapphire sourcing include Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Australia, Burma, Thailand, and Montana (USA). Out of the bunch, Sri Lanka stands out as a prominent source of ethical sapphires, known for its commitment to responsible mining practices and sustainable gemstone production. The island has a long history of sapphire mining, and its gem trade is deeply rooted in the culture and heritage of the nation.

However, one main thing you should ask your jeweller before purchasing a gemstone is its past. Even when you purchase a gemstone from Sri Lanka, there are chances that it could not be sourced from Sri Lanka. This is why it is best to ask questions about the history of the gemstones and its back story.

Double checking if the measures and the process of creating a gemstone are legitimate or not, doesn’t hurt. It is a right that is entitled to every buyer to ensure that they are sourced with legitimate ethical sapphires as their expectations.

Why should you choose Ethical Sapphires?

Ethical Sapphires

Here's why you should consider ethical sapphires:

When you choose ethical sapphires, you're not just getting a stunning gemstone – you're making a positive impact. From protecting the environment with sustainable practices to ensuring fair treatment of miners and supporting local communities, ethical sapphires allow you to feel good about your jewellery while knowing it contributes to a more responsible future in the gemstone industry.

How to buy Ethical Sapphires?

When it comes to buying ethical sapphires, there are several key factors to consider ensuring that your purchase aligns with your values. Here are some tips that not only help you ensure ethical sourcing but also highlight the advantages of buying ethical sapphires:

  • Be info hungry and inquire about origin: Ask questions about the origin of the sapphire you are considering. Reputable sellers should be transparent and willing to provide information about the mine or region where the gemstone was sourced. Knowing the origin allows you to verify the ethical practices associated with their supply chain. Therefore, it is important to ask for images and other relevant information.
  • Research mining & cutting practices: Take the time to research the mining practices of the company or jeweller selling the sapphires. Look for information about their commitment to ethical sourcing, fair labour conditions, and environmental sustainability. Buying from sellers who prioritize responsible practices supports a more ethical gemstone industry while ensuring the quality and authenticity of your sapphire

Get your Ethical Sapphires from Ceylons Munich

Ethical sapphires are a pathway to making a positive impact on the world of jewellery. These gems represent a commitment to a more responsible future by prioritizing social good, fair labour, and environmental protection.

Gem Producers and Traders like Ceylons Munich have a key role to play. We source ethically from our direct mine access that meet the highest standards, which contributes to our vision of improving the small-scale mining approach and maintaining its sustainability. We support increased transparency and responsible supply chain, ensuring the sapphires you wear come with a story you can be proud of.

The power to make a difference lies with you, too. Keep digging for information, know how ethical your gemstone is, ask about a sapphire's origin, and support retailers committed to responsible practices. By doing so, you're not just getting a beautiful stone, you're contributing to better lives for miners, stronger communities, and a healthier planet.

Ask your supplier to get in touch with us to find out more about ethical sapphires and how to work around them – to find the perfect gemstone for you :)

Ethical sapphires not only showcase stunning beauty but also symbolize a commitment to social and environmental well-being. By embracing ethical practices and making conscious choices, you become part of a movement toward a more sustainable future for the gemstone industry.

Check out our Ethically Sourced Sapphire Collection

You can read more about it here.

FAQ

Are sapphires ethical?

Sapphires can be ethical. Ethical sapphires are sapphires that are sourced, produced, and traded in a sustainable manner that doesn’t leave behind the adverse effects of conventional mining.

What are the most ethical sapphires?

Sri Lankan sapphires stand out because of their commitment to responsible mining practices and sustainable gemstone production.

Where are sapphires mined ethically?

Ethically sourced sapphires can be found in countries such as Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Madagascar, Australia, and the USA.

How do you know if gems are ethically sourced?

Research mining practices - Trace the gem's journey to ensure fair labour and sustainable mining.

Inquire about origin - Ask questions about the origin of the sapphire you are considering purchasing. Trustable retailers will be transparent about their supply chain.

Are Sri Lankan sapphires conflict-free?

Yes, Sri Lankan sapphires are considered conflict-free. This is because of their mining practices which rely on traditional methods and manual labour without the use of machines.

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