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Fair Trade Gems: Treating the earth and the people who mine its gifts with respect
Fair Trade Gems
Educating Consumers

Although not traditionally perceived as a component of Fair Trade, Columbia Gem House Inc. is committed to extensive consumer education on our gemstones and the gem industry. We produce multiple educational brochures about individual gemstone varieties and how they are mined and cut.

We also have invested in education on the web, at Our online magazine includes in-depth articles on gem mining, cutting, enhancement, jewelry craftsmanship, and industry trends as well as a reference library on more than 20 gem varieties.

We want to make sure that consumers understand all the quality and value factors and also ask questions about where gems are from and how they have been mined and cut.

We think that the more you know, the more you will appreciate the rarity of this naturally occurring treasure from the earth and the long and difficult road it takes to reach you.