Welcome To
Fairtrade Gemstones

Fair Trade Gemstones is a family business started by David Hargreaves, a mining engineer who has spent more than 25 years developing and consulting to the gemstone industry in both diamonds and coloured stones.

He has developed gemstone mines in Africa which are prototypes and early examples of fair trade practice. He still consults extensively in the diamond and gemstone trade.

He holds first class mine manager certificates in the UK and South Africa and, as a miner himself, understands and develops mines which uphold his principles.


What is Fairtrade

Most people have heard of the Kimberley Process, which is intended to stop the blood diamond trade.
Our Fair Trade gemstones principles go far beyond just one single issue. Fair Trade principles encompass:

Fair Labour conditions: Safe and comfortable working environment Minimum age requirements Fair compensation Appropriate bonus structure and healthcare

Community Benefit: Improved infrastructure: roads, electricity, communications A meaningful and sustainable difference to the social, economic and environmental life of the local community, for example through building of schools and/or hospitals

Environmental Protection: Conservation of streams, watershed and groundwater and their marine life Restoration of the original environment after completion of mining

Product Integrity: Legal and transparent supply chain to ensure all import, export and payment standards Certificate of Authenticity attesting to the gems’ provenance and authenticity. Consumer education materials.



Our Gems


We offer the widest variety of loose natural coloured gemstones on the market. Whether you're interested in superior cut melee, standard calibrated cuts, single one-of-a-kind award winning cuts, or even gem carvings - Fairtrade Gemstones has the variety and quality you need.

Moreover, we are also a supplier of brand-name exotic gemstones including Tashmarine®, Cortez Pearls®, Grape Garnet®, Fire Citrine®, Spice Pearls®, Imperial Diopside®, Royal Kings Plain Sapphire®, Purple Sage® Chalcedony, Seafoam Tourmaline® and Nyala® Ruby and Sapphire.

Select from the following colours to see more:

Red Gems

Nyala Ruby. This rare ruby, with a naturally vivid color, is mined only at the Chimwadzulu mine in the southern African county of Malawi.
Nyala™ pink sapphire has the same mineral composition as ruby but a lighter color, which makes it a fancy sapphire. Like Nyala™ Ruby, it has rare natural color.
Pink Tourmaline. The last Empress of China loved pink tourmaline so much that she was buried with her carved tourmaline pillow. At the turn of the century, she bought almost a ton of tourmaline from the newly discovered Himalaya Mine in California.
Red Garnet. Because many ancient pieces of garnet jewelry are studded with tiny red stones that resemble a cluster of pomegranate seeds, scholars believe the name garnet derives from the Latin for pomegranate

Orange Gems

Allspice Spice Pearls® are freshwater cultured pearls , created when a mollusk covers a foreign object with beautiful layers of nacre, the mother of pearl. Allspice SpicePearls have a beautiful peachy glow.
Cinnamon Spice Pearls. Unlike saltwater cultured pearls, which have a bead in the center, freshwater cultured Spice Pearls® are solid nacre. Cinnamon Spice Pearls have a bronzed orange glow.
Fire Opal. Unique to Mexico, fire opal has been treasured since the time of the Aztecs. Its fiery color is unique in the gem world for its vivid dayglo intensity.
Fire Citrine. This rare orange-red member of the quartz familty is mined only at the Linha Estefania mine, in the Brazilian state of Rio Grade de Sol.
Nyala. This sapphire is named after the rare Nyala antelope, which is native to the area in southern Malawi where these gems are mined. Nyala Sapphire is found in beautiful clear orange tones and is also sometimes available in the legendary pink-orange shade known as padparadscha.

Yellow Gems

Chrysoberyl is a gem family most well known for producing phenomenal gems, including cat's-eye chrysoberyl and the color-changing alexandrite. Faceted chrysoberyl has a lovely honey-gold color.
Citrine. Named from the French name for lemon, citron, most citrines have a light lemony color. Sunny and affordable, citrine blends especially well with the yellow gleam of polished gold.
Topaz. The Egyptians said that topaz was colored with the golden glow of the mighty sun god Ra. Topaz is the birthstone for those born in the month of November.
The ancients called yellow sapphire hyacinth. It was said to divert lightning and confer peace and wisdom on its owner.  

Green Gems

Cortez Pearls. These rare platinum to charcoal cultured pearls from Mexico's Bay of Cortez sometimes have the shimmering green luster of a peacock's feather.
Emerald. Treasured for 4,000 years, emerald is the essence of Spring, a symbol of rebirth p rized by the ancients as the gem representing love and new life.
mperial Diopside is the highest quality of chrome diopside. Its rich green color is due to trace amounts of chromium, the same element that is responsible for the green of emerald and the red of ruby.
Lime-green peridot is the extreme gem, found in the rocks created by volcanoes and even in meteors that fall to earth. A few samples of extraterrestrial peridot have even been faceted into gems.
Seafoam Tourmaline, a pastel green to bluish green, has a chameleon-like ability to complement almost every other color, including sorbet shades, earth tones, and vivid brights.
Tashmarine is one of the newest gem varieties: in fact, it's the first gem discovery of the 21 st century. This green gem is a unique variety of diopside found in China near the route of the ancient Silk Road.

Blue Gems

Aquamarine, the gem of the sea, derives its name from "sea water". The reference is obvious: aqua sparkles like the sea and its color is pale to medium blue, often with a slight hint of green.
Blue Sapphire comes from the Greek word for blue, sappheiros , and this gem provides the most beautiful blues of the gem kingdom. Sapphire is the original “true blue”: the gem of fidelity and of the soul.
Blue Topaz. The most affordable of blue gems, blue topaz is a miracle of modern science. the strong icy blue color is created by exposing colorless topaz to irradiation and heat.
Blue Zircon is a gem family available in a wide variety of colors including green, dark red, yellow, brown, orange and colorless but the beautiful sky blue is the most popular. The best is found in Cambodia, which produces kingfisher blues not seen anywhere else.
Lolite. The name iolite comes from the Greek ios, which means violet. Iolite is a purplish blue gem treasured by the Vikings.
Royal Kings Plain Sapphire. This rare sapphire is mined in the Australian state of New South Wales. The Kings Plain Mine is actually an ancient dry riverbed. Miners move ten cubic meters of earth to find two carats of sapphire.
Tanzanite is mined only one place in the world: Merelani in Tanzania, in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. Tanzanite was named after the country of its birth by Tiffany & Co, who introduced the gemstone to the world market in 1969.

Purple Gems

Amethyst comes from the Greek amethystos which means “not drunken.” Its royal color and affordability have made it one of the most popular gems.
Cortez Pearls. These rare platinum to charcoal cultured pearls from Mexico's Bay of Cortez have an iridescent purple glow that will remind you of Tahitian cultured pearls.
Grape Garnet. This rare purple-red garnet is mined only in the State of Orissa on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India. The name was derived from its intense purple-red color: it will remind you of the ruddy grape glow of a fine merlot wine.
Spice Pearls are freshwater cultured pearls, created when a mollusk covers a foreign object with beautiful layers of nacre, the mother of pearl. Eggplant Spice Pearls have a lovely lavender to purple glow.
Purple Sage Chalcedony is a translucent lavender to lilac variety of chalcedony quartz. The only known source of Purple Sage Chalcedony is in the United States, in the high desert of Nevada.


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Contact Address

 Fairtrade Gemstones
Kathy Chappell:

+44 (0) 7771 667 911

Email: kathy@fairtrade-gemstone.com


PO Box 99
TW20 8SW

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