Resources For Educators

Suggested Multimedia for Classrooms and Presentations

Sapphira Madagascar: The story of the people who mine Madagascar

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes: A documentary on artisinal diamond mining in Sierra Leone

Suggested Readings and Blogs for Industry Professionals

The Madison Dialogue: A cross-sector initiative for certification of minerals from small mines

For the Jewelry Trade: A section of Marc Choyt's Fair Trade Jewelry Blog

Getting To Fair Trade Gold and Jewelry: A white paper by the Association for Responsible Mining (pdf - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Suggested Readings for Secondary School Students & University Students

Colored Stone Magazine series on ruby & sapphire mining in Madagascar:
Ruby Boomtown
~ The World's Biggest Sapphire Market ~ The Once and Future Sapphire

A Look at 16 Years of Burma Jade Mines: A series of captioned pictures reveals patterns of jade mining in Myanmar, and discusses how economic and political shifts have impacted laborers and the environment

Molecular Structure of Ruby and Beryl (Emeralds, Aquamarines, and others)

Suggested Background Journal Articles and Reports for University Students

Banchirigah, S.M. (2007). How have reforms fueled the expansion of artisanal mining? Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa. Resources Policy, doi: 10.1016 j.resourpol.2006. 12.001

Davis, G. and Tilton, J. (2003). Should developing countries renounce mining? A perspective on the debate. (pdf - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Davis, G. & Tilton, J. (2005). The resource curse. Natural Resources Forum, 29: 233- 242.

Dharmaratne, P.G.R. (2002). Gem mining and sustainable environmental management in Sri Lanka. Journal of Gemmology, 28(3): 153-161

Duffy, R. (2005). Global environmental governance and the challenge of shadow states: The impact of illicit sapphire mining in Madagascar. Development and Change, 36(5): 825-43.

Fisher, E. (2007). Occupying the margins: Labour integration and social exclusion in artisinal mining in Tanzania. Development and Change, 38(4): 735-760.

Hilson, G. (2002a). Small-scale mining and its socio-economic impact in developing countries. Natural Resources Forum, 26: 3-13.

Hilson, G. (2002b). The future of small-scale mining: environmental and socioeconomic perspectives. Futures, Nov-Dec: 863-73.

Kumar, R., and Amaratunga, D. (1994). Government policies towards small-scale mining. Resources Policy, 20(1): 15-22.

Pedro, A. (2006). Mainstreaming mineral wealth in growth and poverty reduction strategies. Minerals & Energy, 21(1): 2-16.

Walsh, A. (2005). The obvious aspects of ecological underprivilege in Ankarana, Northern Madagascar. American Anthropologist, 104(7): 654-665.