Swarovski Genuine Topaz
Traceably sourced from Brazil and responsibly produced
Deep in the heart of the Federal Province of Rondônia in northwest Brazil, a tin mining cooperative is making a difference by using more of what they already have. Here, the garimpeiros (miners) are recovering the topaz they reveal as an incidental part of their day-to-day work of cassiterite mining. For their community, it means an additional source of income with the potential to transform lives. For Swarovski customers, it means no fresh earth has been broken to source stunning Swarovski Genuine Topaz. In fact, we can trace every gemstone back to the single pit it was recovered from.
We want to be proud of the places we trace Swarovski products back to. Even though we are simply making improved use of an existing activity, we still ensure that the working environment meets our responsible sourcing standards. We have agreed a fair, fixed price for the topaz that protects workers from fluctuating markets, and we are providing training to help a generation of tin miners become topaz experts too. As a founding member of CGWG – the Colored Gemstones Working Group – we helped establish the world’s first colored gemstones responsible sourcing tools. Using this due diligence framework, an independent organization assesses the mine we buy from. If they find any gaps in environmental, social or governance practices, an action plan is put in place to raise standards.
We believe that Swarovski products should contribute to a better world, so we invest in a food program to support the least privileged members of the mining community. We are also actively trying to improve the environment by establishing a relationship with a local non-profit organization. Through this new partnership, we investigate how we can help restore Brazilian forests vital to both local livelihoods and worldwide carbon commitments.
Our responsibility does not end once the gemstones are gathered from the ground. All Swarovski Genuine Topaz is precision-cut at production centers we own which are certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council, and we are proud that the vibrant colors of our Genuine Topaz are achieved through our unique, environmentally friendly color treatment, without the need for irradiation.