Sri Lanka has long been known as the “Jewel Box of the Indian Ocean,” for its seemingly endless supply of gemstones, and its gem mining has been governed by ethical practices for centuries.
The population is primarily Buddhist, so this peaceful philosophy has been applied to Sri Lanka’s gem mining for hundreds of years. Gemming is largely restricted to small scale, often family-run operations, where heavy machinery and employment of anyone under 18, is forbidden.
This gentle, cottage industry approach is to ensure that no harm comes to any living beings; the earth is minimally impacted; and a more stable source of employment is provided, for more people. By choosing to wear ethical gemstones, your fashion investments have a positive, mindful impact.