They are in the forefront of a new movement that I hope will take hold: The Fair Trade and Green movement. As part of our responsibility to you, we are researching more companies like this. They use only 100% recycled metals from earth-friendly refineries, avoiding pollution and destruction of local lands.
They are also concerned with human rights—employing only United States workers. If we can keep business within the country, we know that the workers are protected by labor laws and that they can work in a safe, clean environment.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, they use completely conflict free diamonds. This has always been an issue close to our hearts; no jewelry is worth someone’s life.
In truth, the jeweler industry has been doing a lot to clean up its act in recent decades. Nearly 25 years before the label ‘conflict diamond’ ever came out, we were working on ways to ensure that war and conflict would never again have a role in our business. There are numerous precautions and checkpoints that we practice every day in order to ensure that everything in our store comes from reputable sources.
Every diamond supplier we buy from comes to have a personal relationship with us before we consider using their stones.