Firstly, I would like to introduce myself by saying I have been reading the fora and articles on this site for years as a lurker. During that time, I have learned a tremendous amount from all of you and the IGS’s resources, and am proud to finally be a dues-paying member!
I joined at this time because I am in a position (for the time being at least) to devote myself full time to converting my interest in colored stones from a hobby into a business. Specifically, I want to incorporate my previous experience with trade issues and social enterprises into the gems trade. This would involve development of a network to literally follow stones ‘from mine to finger’ to ensure that everyone from traders to jewelers to consumers knows the gems they are buying reached them through sustainable channels.
A project of this nature requires a number of people with varied backgrounds and talents ranging from IT security to securities law and everything in between, so if you have an interest in colored gems, fair trade and sustainability, there might be a place for you on the team I am assembling. If interested, please PM me.
And finally, I know there are a number of people and companies dealing in sustainable stones, and I have no intention of stepping on anyone’s toes Rather, I hope to bring all like-minded folk together into one global network that can maximize all our efforts to improve the lives of the people who work so hard to find the gems we all love so much!
I am in the process of liquidating my current gemstone collection to raise seed funding, so please check my ‘For Sale’ listings and check back here for information on the crowdfunding campaign I plan to launch in the very near future!