A VISIT TO THE CULTURAL FESTIVAL HELD AT THE MARANGE COMMUNITY MUSEUM – SEPT. 15TH 2017
A report based on the findings of Dr Robert McLaren a.k.a. Robert Mshengu Kavanagh during a field assessment commissioned by the Jeweltree foundation.
The festival took place on 15th September, 2017. Dr McLaren was accompanied on his visit to the event by Tamuka Kanyika, who was tasked to conduct interviews with the young people attending the event in order to assess their views on the event and the museum itself. McLaren and Kanyanga toured the museum, which has experienced expansion, in the company of the owner and founder of the museum, Rodwell Marange, now, on the death of his father, the ishe of the district, and Dr Mupira, the Director of the Mutare Provincial Museum, and another official from the museum, Mr Makonye.
When the festival eventually got underway, Dr McLaren attended its activities and performances while Mr Kanyika conducted fourteen interviews with young men and women, boys and girls who attended the event.
The views of the children and young people proved to be very helpful – and they confirmed Dr McLaren‟s own view that not a great deal has changed over the years owing to lack of support. There is an urgent need for the museum to receive financial support, material resources and technical assistance as well as to plan creatively for greater diversity and effectiveness.
The full report can be downloaded here:
By Woodie Butler – Wild Diamond Safari, Sierra Leone
As some of you may have seen, I live in Sierra Leone, West Africa, deep in the bush. Anyway, to the point I am writing about, as most of you may know the passing Ebola crisis took a terrible toll on the people and the economy over there.
The world has become a much smaller place, much to praise to the internet and digitalization.
Hence, one of the exciting new features we’re experimenting with is BITCOIN.
Jeweltree and Nineteen48 / Crown Gems
As of this month, customers from Nineteen48 will be able to get a Jeweltree Certificate with their purchase of gem products from Nineteen48.
For those who don’t know, Nineteen48 is working with small scale miners from Sri Lanka in bringing an ethical gemstone product to market. They are finalists in the UK Retail Jewellery Awards in the category of Ethical Jewellery Business.
Their goal is to deliver high-quality, ethically-sourced gemstones at a fair price. To achieve this objective, Nineteen48 set up its own mining operation in Sri Lanka, providing employment to the local community, as well as establishing a Bournemouth office, employing staff in the UK.
Together with Jeweltree, Nineteen48 has set up a thorough track and trace and due diligence procedure to secure a guaranteed mine to finger protocol.
See the procedures here.
Customers buying a gemstone from Nineteen48 can now see from which site the stone originated and in most cases also put a face to the polisher.
The Jeweltree Certificate will come at an additional price of 15 EURO (or equivalent foreign currency) and Nineteen48 will, in consultation with Jeweltree, allocate this amount towards the miners and polishers in Sri Lanka.
Jeweltree Supporters will have their name displayed on the online certificate.
Jeweltree’s cooperation with INSPIRA
Many customers will be fully aware we have been successfully working with Inspira Diamonds Pty Ltd in Australia since 2011.
Insira Diamonds is dedicated to responsible, ethical & traceable diamond & gem sources and its team has been at the forefront of the diamond market for decades.
Jeweltree and Inspira have noticed a growing consumer awareness, and an increased use of the Jeweltree certificates.
We are excited to announce we have developed a system for Jeweltree certification that will hopefully expedite the issue of Jeweltree certificates in future.
Jeweltree Supporters who order White diamond goods from Inspira can be sent the Jeweltree certificate directly with their goods order.
Inspira will lodge the details of the certificate into the Jeweltree system on behalf of the customer, ship the certificate and the diamond goods, therefore allowing the certificate to accompany goods.
This will benefit Jeweltree members by:
- Simplifying the certificate order system for members
- Decrease the cost of shipping the certificate on its own
- One place to order goods and certificates
- Faster delivery of the Jeweltree certificate
The cost of the certificate will be converted to AUD and added to your Inspira invoice.
This fee will then be paid to Jeweltree so the important work of the Foundation can continue.
Please note this new process only apply at the time of actual invoicing and shipping. Future requirements for certificates must still be processed as usual from JT.
For those customers who are not aware of our work with Inspira Diamonds:
Please see the Jeweltree website and blog section for more details.
We hope this new process facilitates Inspira’s customers use of the Jeweltree certificate.
Traceability Procedures between Nineteen48, Crown Gems and Jeweltree.
The following documents and procedures are requested from our Network Partners Nineteen48 in the UK and Crown Gems in Sri Lanka (www.nineteen48.com) before issuing a Jeweltree Certificate.