Category Archives: Colored Gemstones

The Biggest Natural Resource Heist in Modern History

We were leaders in helping to expose the myriad of issues with Burma’s gem trade, both in the US and internationally. Funding military abuses against civilians, feeding into a shadow economy control by drug empires, and fueling violent conflicts that led this Southeast Asian country into a free fall, the gem trade in Burma has long been a sector […]

Handcrafted Jewelry: Why Well-Made Matters

Earthwise Jewelry®. Handcrafted in Chicago.

Every Earthwise Jewelry® piece is made here in Chicago in our workshop. Most companies can’t make that sort of claim. In the world of jewelry, the pride of craft has fallen by the wayside as every company seems focused on being the biggest not the best. So they shift their production “somewhere else.” There’s too […]

Ma Su Su Pavé wedding set

Earthwise Jewelry® Ma Su Su diamond wedding set

One of our most popular designs is the Ma Su Su engagement ring. A simple, elegant setting that lays close to the finger. A great ring for someone with a more active lifestyle. Works wonderfully with either a Canadian diamond or a fair trade colored gemstone as the center stone. When worn together with the […]

Eleanor in Blue

Earthwise Jewelry® Eleanor blue sapphire ring

We create numerous variations on our Eleanor engagement ring making it suitable for rounds, ovals, cushions, princess, and emerald cuts. But somehow, adding color just makes this ring extra special. Our Eleanor, set with a blue sapphire center surrounded by Canadian diamonds, is one example. Colored stones. No two are exactly alike. Just like your […]

Spring is Here!

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” -Mark Twain The snow is finally gone and the grass is turning from brown to […]

Burmese gem trade also bad for the environment

It’s well documented that gemstones from Burma are fueling violent conflict in Kachin state and funding a variety of questionable entities. In addition to these reports from Kachin, hundreds of residents in Mogok, the main ruby producing area in Burma, are protesting plans by the Mogok Gems Traders Association to build a new headquarters and possibly a gemstone […]

Think Green

The world may be all snowy white but, believe it or not, Spring is just around the corner. Really. With that in mind, a little dose of green can help brighten up your winter blahs. This particular green is a stunning 1.61ct oval tsavorite from southeast Kenya. Tsavorite, a rare member of the garnet family, […]

Brighten Up Your January

This month’s birthstone, garnet, comes in a range of colors but the burnt reddish-brown is probably the one most familiar hue. This particular example came from a project in Mozambique, and we also have a wide range of rare collector garnets that are from the Czech Republic. (Formerly Bohemia.) The setting, shown here in 18k yellow […]

The Voice of a Small-Scale Miner

We’ve long worked with small-scale gem mining projects that help support Malawi. In fact, if you asked me to name the poster child for best practices in this sector, I’d point to my friend’s years of tireless leadership effort in this African nation’s gem mining sector. The miners who are the first rung of the global supply […]

December’s Birthstone- Blue Zircon

We love blue zircon. It’s pretty. It sparkles more than diamond. And it’s very affordable for a natural gemstone. While we will gladly set this month’s birthstone in any of our Earthwise Jewelry settings, we feel that our Ursula ring, offset with Canadian diamonds, is a great setting for this steely blue fair trade gem. Available in […]