Is an ethnic jewel necessarily manufactured in an ethical way?

There is often a tendency to assimilate ethnic jewelry and traditions. However, to be at the top of fashion today, nothing beats this type of jewelry and the charm that emanates from it. These jewels are generally conceived in the respect of the environment and in the consideration of the local craftsmen who conceive them. But, are they always made in an ethical way?

Ethnic jewelry: chic and trendy

Ethnic jewelry reflects pure elegance. They have crossed eras and civilizations to become the timeless fashion accessories they are today. Their design requires the use of natural raw materials such as wood, horn, mother-of-pearl, metal, feathers, minerals and fossils, pearls, precious stones… Ethnic jewelry designed in this way often has symbolic forms, all of which have a special meaning. Ethnic jewelry is not only beautiful, it also contains unsuspected beliefs and riches. More and more brands are specializing in the design of these handmade ornaments. But do they always do it with an ethical concern?

Ethnic jewelry: an ethical manufacturing

Ethnic jewelry is designed according to traditional techniques handed down from generation to generation. Their design must be done within the framework of an approach that respects nature and the environment, as it requires the use of all kinds of materials and natural mineral supports.  It must also be carried out with respect for the local craftsmen who design them and their customs. Brands specializing in the sale of these products must do so within the framework of fair trade. However, all these conditions are not always met. Some brands, conscious of the passion of fashion enthusiasts for these timeless jewels, only focus on the lucrative aspect.

Ethnic jewels not necessarily ethical!

All the signs proposing the sale of ethnic jewels do not do it all in an ethical way. For that, it would be necessary not only to linger on the origin of the raw materials used, on the way in which each mineral stone was extracted and also to make sure that their resale is profitable to the craftsmen who shaped them. However, more and more brands are now investing in fair trade by offering their customers ethnic jewelry that respects the environment and the dignity of the artisans who created it. Without the know-how of the latter, indeed, the ethnic heritage of a population would remain unknown to the modern world.

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