Our aim in life is to leave a big impact on people and a small impact on the globe; and so, client satisfaction is of the utmost importance alongside the ability to be as "green" as possible - using sustainable, recycled, fair trade, and/or ethical products as much as possible, as well as limiting energy and chemical use during production, and even ensuring our jewellery boxes are made of materials from a sustainable source.
Fairtrade Certified Gold is the world's first independent ethical certification system for gold, and we are very happy to be able to provide this option to our clients.
Buying Fairtrade Gold makes a real difference to the lives of miners, their families and communities. Jewellery with the Fairtrade Gold Stamp is extra special. Buying it means you know the small-scale and artisanal miners were paid a fair price, giving them financial security.
They also receive an extra amount of money to invest in building the future of their families and their communities, through education, medical care or environmental projects.
You can find further information on the fairtrade website.
Recycled metals and gemstones
Another option, to save any new mining, is to use recycled gemstones and/or metals - these can be materials that we supply, or indeed we can discuss the possibilities of re-purposing your own jewellery if you would rather do so.
Fairly traded gemstones
Although there is currently no such thing as full fairtrade certification for gemstones, we are able to source certain types of gemstones from mines which abide by the fairtrade processes - these are classed as "fairly traded" rather than "fairtrade". There are also a selection of well trusted stone suppliers I use which provide ethically mined, fully traceable and unheated/untreated gemstones.
We only use diamond traders we know and trust. We try to source diamonds directly from the mines whenever we can; when this is not possible, we still ensure the diamonds from our suppliers abide by the kimberley process (a certification scheme which is designed to prevent conflict diamonds from entering legitimate jewellery supply chains, so we can know that the diamonds we're using aren't blood diamonds).
Processes and packaging
We try to "do our bit" by limiting energy and chemical use during production, using recycled products and materials, and/or those from sustainable sources; even ensuring our jewellery boxes are eco-friendly.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!
We are not perfect (who is?!) but are trying to take steps in the right direction; always happy for hints/tips/guidance from others too.