Fair trade jewellery is here to stay. I take it seriously in my business. So what does this mean? Simply put, it means I buy from vendors that I know are ethical traders. They pay a good price for their articles from sellers who, in turn, pay their workers (the rock-hounds and stonecutters) a living wage. These are generally the small guys, the one or two man shows who source the material and have a handful of employees who cut and polish. They love the material. There are so many choices these days in the market place. Let’s face it, not many are concerned with the minutiae of fair trade and fair dealing. A great many people are only interested in making lots of money. Making lots of money is great, but I believe there has to be a healthy way of doing business where everyone in the line walks away happy. Fair trade, to me is one of those ways.