Kickoff event planned for Dec. 7

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Trios Studio is celebrating Fair Trade Month during December. Learn about fair trade gemstones and jewelry like these at their open house Dec. 7.

December is Fair Trade Month at Trios Studio in Lake Oswego and to kick off the event a holiday party will be held at the jewelry studio Dec. 7 from noon to 5 p.m.

Store owners, Deborah Spencer, Mary Wong and Kathe Mai have embraced the fair trade protocols, which address working conditions, health and safety, education and environmental protection of gemstone harvesters. They said most people don’t know they have a choice to purchase jewelry and gemstones without supporting the conflict and poverty that have been the cornerstone of the jewelry industry.

“I had been hoping for 30 years that someone would start changing this industry,” said Spencer. “If people know they have a choice, many will choose to support lifting the lives of others.”

The women believe that as more consumers ask retailers if they sell fair trade gems, more stores will get on board.

“I see an awareness of these issues, especially in younger clients buying engagement and wedding rings. For so long there was no way to verify anything. Now, with fair trade gemstones, we have transparency in the supply chain and can tell you which mine produced the gem material and where it was cut. And, most important, we can tell you that these particular gems did not exploit children, their parents or the earth.”

During Fair Trade Month Trios Studio will be selling all fair trade gemstones and jewelry at 20 percent off.

Trios Studio is located at 3 Monroe Parkway, Suite I. The phone number is 503-496-1285. Visit for more information.

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