Renewable Matter # 25 / January-February

Being Sustainable in the Coloured Gemstone Business

by Eleonora Rizzuto

Focus Mining and Carbon Capture


Projects and initiatives for a sustainable coloured gemstone industry. Including increased traceability along the entire supply chain, something that consumers and investors are particularly interested in. A way of putting an end to corruption, armed conflict, loss in biodiversity and environmental risks.


The multibillion-dollar coloured gemstone industry is active in nearly 50 countries; contributing to the livelihoods of millions of people worldwide. Although it is difficult to obtain the exact number of coloured gemstone mines it is believed that there are between 200 and 300 globally, with approximately 80% of mined production attributed to Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining...

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