Limiting myself to working exclusively fair trade stones, no matter how noble my intentions may be, can sometimes make me feel artistically... limited. I see beautiful stones for sale that sing to me with design possibilities, but I won't buy them because I don't know their provenance (or worse yet, I do know and it's not good). So it's especially exciting when I ever-so-occasionally stumble across a new fair trade gemstone vendor, and better still when said new vendor has certain types of stones for sale that I've not had access to in the past. I am happy to say that I recently discovered such a source! Behold... :-)
Fair trade sapphire, 5mm, 0.7 carats
Fair trade sapphire, 5mm, 0.6 carats You guys,it's purple!!!
Fair trade sapphire, 4.5mm, 0.3 carats
Fair trade ruby, 5mm, 0.7 carats
Fair trade spinel, 5mm, 0.5 carats
At the moment, all are up for grabs for custom orders, but I don't expect that to last for long before I can't resist just doing whatever I want with them. :-)