The fossils highlighted in Monique’s work are found materials that do not cause environmental destruction to collect. Additionally, the studio works with repurposed stones as well as artisanal miners and mines that are dedicated to social and environmental responsibility and these fair trade stones are obtained in accordance with strict labor, trade and environmental laws. Fair trade stones are closely tracked from the source to the market to ensure that every stone has been handled according to strict protocols.
Monique Péan diamonds are either repurposed antique diamonds (no new mining involved) or are sourced from environmentally responsible mines with strict labor and safety guidelines. Monique Péan works to track each of its diamonds throughout each step of the supply chain to ensure that no diamonds are being mined, cut or polished in regions that are engaged in conflict. We only purchase diamonds from countries that are full participants in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), an international cooperative monitoring system created to eliminate the flow of conflict diamonds. The Kimberley Process requires participating countries to tightly control the import and export of rough diamonds with documentation proving that the diamonds are conflict free.