While we have always strived to feature Canadian made products here at Sarini Fine Jewellery, this past year has truly shown us the importance of buying Canadian, as well as shopping and supporting small business.
When Dale and I began talking about how we wanted to move forward in the wake of Covid-19, we began searching for more suppliers who manufactured here in Canada. We were able to source out three new suppliers, including a Canadian gem cutter, Lisa Elser, of Lisa Elser Gems.
There are only a handful of Canadian gemstone cutters, so that in and of itself was exciting, but what was also wonderful was finding a female gem cutter – that is about as rare as a pink diamond! This past Christmas, we were excited to debut four of Lisa’s custom cut loose gemstones. Lisa travels the world for ethically sourced rough gemstones, and then precision cuts them in her studio in Vancouver.
Like us, Lisa not only believes in buying ethically sourcing gemstones, and she also has made a commitment to give back to the communities the gems are sourced from. Recently, she donated funds towards purchase of an ultrasound machine and medical laboratory microscope to Dr. Ikem Onwude in Abuja, Nigeria. She also happens to be a fellow American Gem Trade Association Member. The AGTA is the world’s leading authority in colored gemstones and pearls, and we’re proud to be one of the 17 Canadian members.
In honor of the spirit of giving, we announced that we would give 10% of the purchase price of Lisa’s gems back to the Vulcan County Health and Wellness Foundation.
We’re pleased to announce that all of Lisa’s gemstones have sold, which means a $255 donation for the Vulcan County Health and Wellness Foundation. We look forward to showcasing more of Lisa’s gems, and continuing donations to the Vulcan County Health and Wellness Foundation.