The London Diamond Bourse (LDB) has announced the appointment of Katherine Chappell as its special advisor for ethical issues to its council of management.
Chappell is a longstanding member of the LDB and a specialist in fairtrade principles. Her appointment has been made to help enhance conversations around responsible sourcing and strengthen the Bourse’s understanding of specialist issues.
Chappell has worked in the gemstone business for over 20 years. She emigrated to Canada as a child in 1965, settling in the gold mining town of Red Lake, northwest Ontario and later in the diamond province of Guyana and then in South Africa, returning to the UK in 1974. Through the family gemstone business she has successfully marketed the Nyala Ruby from the Chimwadzulu mine in Malawi. She buys stones from source and has a working relationship with Columbia Gem House of the USA, a leading proponent of ethical sourcing and distribution.
Her client list includes wholesale and retail jewellers committed to fairtrade principles. She is a member of Women in Mining. She assists her father, David Hargreaves, a long-standing mining engineer in the preparation and presentation of consultancy reports on gemstone mines worldwide.
“I am honoured to be appointed to this role,” comments Chappell. “There are clear opportunities for the London Diamond Bourse in this area and I am excited about the prospect of working with the management team and clarifying the industry’s fair trade principles. We will achieve much together.”