I only work with gemstones that are natural and have some form of traceability.
I try to find as much information as possible about the stones to guarantee that they are ethically sourced. Gathering information on gemstones is extremely difficult (the stones go through so many different hands after being mined that it has not yet become an industry standard to track them), however I try to find out as much information as possible about it’s journey from mine to market. If possible I try to find the country of origin, specific mining site, trading information, and where the stone was cut.
If I’m unable to find sufficient information, I won’t use the stone. I proudly share all stone origin information whenever possible!