Monica Stephenson is a writer, jewelry expert, and entrepreneur. She chronicles the stories of artisan jewelry and designers on the award-winning jewelry blog, idazzle.com. After a trip to East Africa, Monica founded ANZA Gems in 2015, which fuels development of the gemstone industry in Kenya and Tanzania through fair trade purchasing and supporting education in gemstone communities. She is active in the industry as a board member of the Women’s Jewelry Association and Ethical Metalsmiths, and is thrilled to be a frequent speaker about social media and responsible sourcing. Her adventures as a writer and “accidental gem dealer” lead her all over the globe: you can follow along on social media at @idazzle or @anzagems.
The panel will be moderated by Ms. Stephenson, and will feature Eric Braunwart (Columbia Gem House), Cristina Villegas (PACT Worldwide), Eunice Negele (TAWOMA), Monica Gichuci (African Women in Mining Association), and Conny Havel (Fairmined).
They will discuss the challenges of creating market strategies for small-scale mining organizations and examine the things that must be done to promote their effective participation in responsible supply chains.