Miners in the rough

The hidden journey of your jewels

by Zafirah Mohamed Zein

The beauty of our favourite gemstones make us want to own them—or gift them to someone we love. But what lies behind their allure, and what of the people who mine them?

Blood on our hands
Mineral richness might not bring the riches
Mining remains a key source of sustenance
Traders are the lifeblood of the gem trade
The devastating consequences of our demand
It’s an ugly story, but is there anything we can do about it?
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