What does it mean for a gemstone to be “conflict free” or ethically sourced? If you’re thinking about purchasing a tanzanite bracelet or any piece of precious stone jewelry, you might want to consider the source of that stone and its history. For a gemstone to be ethnically sourced, it should not have financed a war. And remember, “war” can encompass civil wars or territorial conflicts in areas that are not officially “at war.” To be truly conflict-free, the gemstone should be mined in conditions free of bloodshed.
Is your tanzanite bracelet truly conflict free?
There has been much controversy in the last century surrounding gemstone exports out of Africa, and although some of this fear has been overstated, it is a problem. Tanzanite fans can rest assured that the majority of dealers in general (and all of the dealers utilized by Tanzanite Rings HQ) are licensed by the International Colored Gemstone Association, which requires its members to abide by strict ethical practices and forbids an exchange of stones linked to unethical behavior.
That said, when you’re searching for a tanzanite bracelet or jewelry piece, you should look for jewelers who specifically purchase gemstones mined in accordance to labor and environmental standards. These standards include: forbidding child labor; paying fair wages to workers; providing safe and clean working environments; mining while treating local ecosystems with respect.
More than just conflict-free
Buyers of all jewelry, but especially those interested in diamond jewelry or tanzanite and diamond bracelets, or even tanzanite tennis bracelets, need to know that “conflict free” does not encompass everything. Conflict-free can be too loose of a definition, only speaking towards gemstones (especially diamonds) that have not financed a rebel group in a war-torn country. These gemstones can still be linked to child labor or dubious workplace environments, corruption, or environmental harm.
If you have concerns about this, feel free to ask your jeweler these questions – as they should be able to answer them honestly:
- Do you recognize that there are some serious ethical issues in the gemstone industry?
- Where can I find your gemstone sourcing policies?
- What are your standards for ethical sourcing?
- Where are your gemstones mined? (Avoid answers that include vague origins, or countries mentioned such as Zimbabwe, Angola, or the Ivory Coast.)
One of the reasons we recommend choosing a tanzanite bracelet for your next gemstone gift, as tanzanite is mined only in one place in the world – Tanzania. Finding a conflict-free gemstone that has no connection to warm, undue suffering, or environmental harm can be difficult – but it is possible. To view tanzanite bracelets from jewelers who follow the best practice principals of ethnically sourced and conflict-free gemstones, visit www.tanzaniteringshq.com today.