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Marange Cultural Festival – September 2017

October 30, 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:

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Diamond Development Initiative releases Artisanal Diamond Standards

April 29, 2016

In 2013 the Jeweltree Foundation and the Diamond Development Initiative together set the standards for Development Diamonds from Sierra Leone to enter the market.

With some setback due to ebola and local logistics we are pleased to now see Artisanal mined diamond standards having been further developed.
“The standards and responsible sourcing protocols that currently exist in the diamond industry are generally aimed at large-scale industrial mining, concessionaires and other entities that operate in a more formalized manner. These existing protocols neither reach the artisanal and small-scale diamond mining sector, nor do they fully address their specific conditions. Without a dedicated focus on artisanal and small-scale diamond mining, initiatives to promote responsible jewellery supply chains will continue to be undermined by their limited applicability to the large number of diamonds produced by this sector.

The Maendeleo Diamond Standards overcome this challenge by underwriting a transparent certification process tailored for artisanal and small-scale diamond miners. These Standards complement existing protocols by extending and adapting them to the particular needs of the miners and their conditions. The Maendeleo Diamond Standards are also designed to build a bridge between this sector and existing responsible supply chains. As a result, artisanal and small-scale diamond miners have access to new markets for the diamonds they produce and the world diamond market will have access to a supply of responsibly sourced artisanally mined diamonds.”

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April 19, 2016



Antwerp / London, 19th April 2016 – Blockchain FinTech company Everledger and Jeweltree Foundation, a certification and promotion platform for diamond miners and mining communities,  announce today a strategic cooperation to power Jeweltree’s next generation platform by using blockchain technology to legitimize the tracking and provenance of diamonds.

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If your New Year’s Resolution is to join a gym and you need some motivation, here ya go!

December 21, 2015

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.

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Jeweltree is accepting BitCoin’s

December 20, 2015

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.


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Jeweltree and Nineteen48 / Crown Gems

May 18, 2015

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

May 18, 2015

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:

Jeweltree and Inspira’s Traceability Procedures

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.