Jewellery students learn about ethical gemstones

As well as finding, mining and selling high-quality gemstones from Sri Lanka, we like to take every opportunity to tell people about the importance of ethical sourcing. So whenever we are invited to give a talk on gems or gemology, we impress upon the attendees that they should always learn as much as they can about the origins of stones they are buying.

Our message was well received at a class held in June in conjunction with Emma Leonard’s Jewellery School in Bournemouth. Not only did the jewellery design students have plenty of time to learn about the key properties of gemstones, but they also heard how the stones are mined in Sri Lanka and the steps taken by Nineteen48 to ensure that everyone involved receives a fair share of the rewards.

Stuart Pool giving a talk on gemstones

Stuart Pool giving a talk on gemstones

“The group was very enthusiastic”, commented one of our tutors, Stuart Pool.”They were keen to hear all about the mining and cutting processes and it is extremely gratifying to see that they are genuinely receptive to the issues surrounding ethical sourcing.”

In addition to the information on sourcing gems, our talks typically cover an introduction to the basic properties of gemstones and how they relate to jewellery design, with the opportunity for students to examine a range of stones using some simple gemology tools.

If you run a jewellery school or teach a class and you would like us to give a talk to your students then please get in touch on 07747-624040 or email