Fair Trade Gemstones

If you're considering placing a custom order, please be sure to read my custom ordering tips. Also, please be aware that not all stones are available in all sizes and shapes.
 

  Gemstone   Supplier Notes Moh's Hardness (1-10)
gold alexandrite ring Alexandrite (Lab-Created)   Chatham A lovely color-change stone that displays intense blue, green, and purple tones depending on the light source. 8.5
fair trade amethyst Amethyst   OOOM Mined in the USA and cut by a small family business in Sri Lanka. 7.0
fair trade amethyst
Photo courtesy of CGH
Amethyst, Iris   CGH Fair trade level 2. 7.0
aquamarine ring Aquamarine  Lanyi Gems,
 OOOM, or
 CGH
  7.5-8.0
fire citrine
Photo courtesy of CGH
Citrine, Fire   CGH Fair trade level 2. 7.0
citrine ring Citrine, Madiera   CGH Fair trade level 2. 7.0
fair trade citrine Citrine, Smoky   OOOM Mined in the USA and cut by a small family business in Sri Lanka. Some color variation. 7.0
fair trade citrine
Photo courtesy of CGH
Citrine, Standard   CGH Fair trade level 2. 7.0
fair trade emerald Emerald (Lab-Created)   Chatham   7.5-8.0
andradite garnet Garnet, Andradite   OOOM Mined in the USA and cut by a small family business in Sri Lanka. Typically available only in smaller sized stones.
 
6.5-7.5
gold garnet ring Garnet, Grape   CGH Fair trade level 2. 7.25
fair trade garnet
 
Garnet, Raja   CGH Fair trade level 2. 6.5-7.5
rhodolite garnet
Photo courtesy of CGH
Garnet, Rhodolite   CGH Fair trade level 2. 7.0-7.5
spessartine garnet Garnet, Spessartite   OOOM Mined in the USA and cut by a small family business in Sri Lanka. Typically available only in smaller sized stones.
 
6.5-7.5
moissanite engagement ring Moissanite (Lab-Created)   C&C An excellent conflict-free alternative to diamonds. Read more about moissanite. 9.0-9.5
green moissanite Moissanite, light green (Lab-Created)   C&C An excellent conflict-free alternative to diamonds, now available in light and dark green! Read more about moissanite. 9.0-9.5
colored moissanite Moissanite, dark green (Lab-Created)   C&C An excellent conflict-free alternative to diamonds, now available in light and dark green! Read more about moissanite. 9.0-9.5
mexican fire opal
Photo courtesy of CGH
Opal, Mexican Fire   CGH Fair trade level 2. 5.0-6.5
Opal, Oregon   CGH Fair trade level 1. 5.5-6.5
fair trade peridot Peridot, Mesa Verde   CGH Fair trade level 2. 6.5-7.0
Quartz, Smoky   CGH Fair trade level 2. 7.0
lab created ruby Ruby (Lab-Created)   Chatham   9.0
lab created sapphire Sapphire, Blue (Lab-Created)   Chatham   9.0
padpardascha sapphire Sapphire, Padparadscha (Lab-Created)   Chatham Some color variation - some are more pink, others more orange, and some in between. 9.0
yellow sapphire ring Sapphire, Yellow (Lab-Created)   Chatham   9.0
yellow sapphire ring Sapphire, Yellow   CGH Sourced from Malawi; fair trade level 1. 9.0
ethical sapphire ring Sapphire   CGH Sourced from Malawi or Australia; fair trade level 1. 9.0
pink sapphire ring Sapphire, Pink   Ruby Fair Somewhat limited availability in a range of shades from light to dark. 9.0
purple sapphire Sapphire, Purple   Ruby Fair Somewhat limited availability in a range of shades from light to dark. 9.0
Spinel, Black   CGH Fair trade level 1. 8.0
oregon sunstone jewelry Sunstone, Oregon   OOOM Mined in Oregon, USA. Also available as faceted stones, and in a wide variety of shades (see more pics). 6.2-7.5
afghan tourmaline ring Tourmaline, Afghan   OOOM Mined by an independent family mining operation in Afghanistan and cut by a small family business in Sri Lanka. Also available as cabochons, and in a variety of shades (see more pics).
 
7.0-7.5
green tourmaline ring Tourmaline, California - Green   OOOM Mined right here in California and cut by a small family business in Sri Lanka. Also available as cabochons, and in a variety of shades (see more pics).
 
7.0-7.5
fair trade tourmaline Tourmaline, California - Pink   OOOM Mined right here in California and cut by a small family business in Sri Lanka. Also available as cabochons, and in a variety of shades (see more pics).
 
7.0-7.5
fair trade turquoise Turquoise   OOOM,
  Cassidy
Mined in Nevada, USA. 5.0-6.0
nevada variscite Variscite   OOOM Mined in Nevada, USA. 5.0-6.0
zultanite jewelry Zultanite   Zultanite Mined in Anatolia, Turkey. A gorgeous natural color-change stone, displaying a range of greens, browns, yellows, and even pinks depending on the light source and intensity. 6.5-7.0

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5% of August's gross sales will be donated to Population Connection.
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