This white paper explores the role of women in the jewelry supply chain and the challenges they face to their well-being and advancement. The study focuses on precious metals (primarily gold), diamonds, and colored gemstones and highlights three key phases: mineral and gemstone extraction, diamond and colored gemstone cutting and polishing, and jewelry manufacturing.

While this paper is not an exhaustive review of all the ways the jewelry industry impacts women, it provides emerging perspectives, analysis, and observations designed to stimulate dialogue and inform ongoing debate.

This paper was prepared for a convening in April 2018 to bring together key stakeholders in the jewelry value chain—from mining companies and manufacturers to retailers and brands—and explore how the jewelry industry can be a positive driver of women’s empowerment and gender equality.

This research was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and Swarovski.

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