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Fair Trade Gems: Treating the earth and the people who mine its gifts with respect
Fair Trade Gems
Protecting Worker's Rights

Offering a fair deal for the workers employed at mines around the world, our cutting workshop in China, and our jewelry workshop in the United States goes beyond complying with laws around the world that mandate no unfair labor such as child labor, minimum wages, and safe and comfortable working conditions.

We feel that it is also our responsibility to ensure equal opportunity for all and real opportunity for personal growth for all workers.

Our cutting factory in China is a model workplace, praised by the government. An important consideration of any cutting operation is the problem of Silicosis. Unlike most cutting facilities, our workshop has installed effective dust control systems to eliminate conditions that cause silicosis from our entire cutting process.

In Malawi, we have helped build a school for the children of workers at the Chimwadzulu Mine, where rare Nyala Ruby® is found. With an attendance roll of 950, it also provides needed educational services for all the village children. Non-agricultural work is rare in this part of Malawi and infrastructure is almost non-existent. We are helping to develop the surrounding area with services to keep workers healthy and to bring new opportunities for their families. These include financial support for the only small medical clinic in the area, fresh water wells, teacher housing and replanting of forests wiped out to make chacoal for fuel.

This isn't just good for the workers: it's good for us because satisfied workers put more effort into improving the quality of the product. Turnover is low so workers become very experienced and skilled. Because we offer training and develop expertise, the quality of our products rivals any in the world.