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Several of Bario Neal’s collection pieces feature colored gemstones, and customers often request them in custom designs. As with all sectors of the jewelry industry, sourcing for colored gemstones can be tricky, erratic, and sometimes unreliable. While traceability is difficult, since no valid third-party certification system exists, the colored gemstones we offer come with certifications provided by our suppliers. Bario Neal develops relationships with suppliers we trust in our efforts to achieve transparency, and uphold high standards of ethicality for our colored gemstones. This article discusses how Bario Neal addresses sourcing and traceability for colored gemstones, and describes the origin of each colored gemstone we use. Continue reading Colored Gemstone Sourcing at Bario Neal
Interview with Kerin Jacobs of The Raw Stone: Colored Gemstone Sourcing
What colored gemstones do you supply to Bario Neal?
Aquamarines, rubies, tanzanite, sapphires, zircon, amethysts, opals, emeralds.
What is the source for each of those gemstones?
Mostly TAWOMA, but on occasion, I will buy rough gemstones from someone who has purchased from a mine or a source I trust and then I have the stones checked by a gemologist.
Can you give a bit of background on each source?
TAWOMA – there’s a bunch of info on them on my site that you can use. Right now they’re trying to put together a library for member mines, so all proceeds of the sales of their stones go to that.
Other sources – like I said, I will purchase only rough from other sources then have them looked at by a gemologist. Often the gemologist can make an educated guess and confirm their origin. Continue reading Interview with Kerin Jacobs of The Raw Stone: Colored Gemstone Sourcing
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