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Saturday, July 18, 2009

New Stones

Some pretty new stones - all available for custom orders.

large pink tourmalineFair trade California pink tourmaline
16.5mm x 15mm (15.86 carats)

large tourmaline cabochonFair trade California pink tourmaline
16mm x 13mm (10.49 carats)

fair trade tourmalineFair trade California green tourmaline, 5mm

5mm oregon sunstoneFair trade Oregon sunstone, 5mm

6mm oregon sunstoneFair trade Oregon sunstone, 6mm

6mm sunstone cabochonFair trade Oregon sunstone cabs, 6-7mm

7mm sunstone cabochonAren't they glowy?


Michelle said...

Oooh, I'm liking the green tourmaline!!! Perhaps that is what I will go with....

Anonymous said...

If a gem is from California, how can you claim "fair trade," since fair trade is premised on the economic relationships between developed and developing world countries?

Tamara said...

That's an interesting distinction, and honestly one that I now feel that I haven't given enough thought to!

In my own mind, I think of 'fair trade' as interchangeable with 'ethical', but you're probably right - they really aren't necessarily the same thing. A stone can be ethically sourced domestically, but that may not make it fair trade, depending on how you choose to define fair trade. (There seems to be no single, universally accepted definition.)

I'll have to ponder that a bit.