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MRK X Moyo Gems

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Moyo Gems

“This collection represents an investment in hope, dignity, and gratitude to the artisanal miners who make these gems possible.”

- Monica Stephenson, Moyo Gems

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“This collection represents an investment in hope, dignity, and gratitude to the artisanal miners who make these gems possible.”

- Monica Stephenson, Moyo Gems

SHOP THE COLLABORATION

Inspiring

Women

“As a brand rooted in inspiring women, it is an honor to bring these women artisanal miners to the forefront. We are proud to be using these gemstones in this wonderful collaboration with Moyo Gems and support them in their initiative to ensure the women miners in this community receive a more equitable share of the stones they bring to market.”

- MONICA RICH KOSANN

“As a brand rooted in inspiring women, it is an honor to bring these women artisanal miners to the forefront. We are proud to be using these gemstones in this wonderful collaboration with Moyo Gems and support them in their initiative to ensure the women miners in this community receive a more equitable share of the stones they bring to market.”

- MONICA RICH KOSANN

Changing the status quo

Moyo Gems is a responsible miner-to-market gemstone collaboration that helps change the status quo for women artisanal miners in Tanga, Tanzania. Building on an initiative developed by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) with NGO Pact and the Tanzania Women Miners Association (TAWOMA), Moyo Gems provides the first sustainable market for colored gemstones for women artisanal miners.

15% of each MRK X Moyo Gems purchase will be donated to the Moyo Gems Initiative.

Changing the status quo

Moyo Gems is a responsible miner-to-market gemstone collaboration that helps change the status quo for women artisanal miners in Tanga, Tanzania. Building on an initiative developed by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) with NGO Pact and the Tanzania Women Miners Association (TAWOMA), Moyo Gems provides the first sustainable market for colored gemstones for women artisanal miners.

15% of each MRK X Moyo Gems purchase will be donated to the Moyo Gems Initiative.

In East Africa, the artisanal gem mining workforce is around 30% female. However, women lag considerably behind their male counterparts in terms of market access, education in gemology and fundamental business skills, and the price they get paid for the precious stones they have worked hard to acquire. Each Moyo Gem can be traced back to the specific miner who found it, and these mainly female miners are paid fair market value for the gems through direct dealings with international gem dealers.

All of the miners who take part in the Moyo Gems Market Days are TAWOMA (Tanzania Women Miners Association) members and operate mines that have been granted permits by the Tanzanian government. In addition to attending occupational health and safety training provided by Pact in their villages, they have all completed the GIA program, which provides much-needed gemological knowledge of the gems they are mining. TAWOMA also works with Pact to give its members financial literacy training, allowing those miners to typically make 3–10 times more at Moyo Market Days than they would usually through a local broker. TAWOMA and the women participating in Moyo Gems select how best to use the funds received through grants to benefit their communities, whether it be to upgrade the school, invest and repair mining sites, provide equipment and training for value addition such as gemstone faceting, or other projects they feel are most important.

To further support the Moyo Gems collaboration, we at Monica Rich Kosann have provided the funding for a new state-of-the-art Ultratec faceting machine, to a team of committed TAWOMA women faceters located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. These women have graduated from in-country vocational training and have been working with outdated equipment. This investment will help these women faceters turn the rough gems the women miners find in Tanzania into marketable gems, which creates significant economic opportunities as well as value addition for Tanzania. Additionally, 15% of each MRK X Moyo Gems purchase will be donated to the Moyo Gems collaboration, providing more needed equipment and training to the members of the Tanzania Women Miners Association.

The Monica Rich Kosann X Moyo Gems Collection

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“One of a Kind” pieces that will not be repeated. “Special Edition” styles often crafted with stones we cannot replicate, so while the design may be repeated, each piece is still unique.

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