I procure gemstones from companies within the US whenever possible, but always from ethical gemstone cutters/mines. I do receive a lot of requests for custom work, and sometimes gems are not available other than purchasing from other countries. One of my favorite is Gemstones Brazil, in the UK. Otherwise I use lab-created colored gemstones, or diamond alternatives like CZ and Moissanite from Charles & Covard. Any genuine diamonds that I purchase and use in my designs are from either Hoover & Strong or Rio Grande. Both companies are committed to selling conflict free diamonds. Some H&S diamonds are from their Harmony collection (read more below about this program).
“A recycled diamond is a naturally occurring diamond, cut & polished from mined rough, previously set in jewelry then removed, and re-introduced into the supply chain for resale.
Diamonds have been treasured as gem stones since their use in religious amulets in India dating as far back as 6,000 years ago. Approximately 4.5 billion carats of diamonds have been extracted from the ground since large scale mining efforts began in South Africa in the 1870’s. This means many millions of diamonds are part of the world’s existing, above ground, supply of diamonds. In order to reduce the industry’s reliance on environmentally damaging mining practices, Hoover & Strong is proud to participate in the acquisition and reintroduction of these many millions of diamonds back into the jewelry supply chain.”
-Hoover & Strong