Ethics

Our ethos is to try and be as environmentally friendly as possible, we use recycled precious metals and our fairly traded diamonds and gemstones are fully traced from their mine of origin, through their supply chain right up to your piece of jewellery.

The process of ethical sourcing is hard work and although far from perfect, we are pleased with the progress we are making.  As more jewellers make this change and consumers become more conscious of where their jewellery comes from it will become easier.

 

We use many different types of materials in making our jewellery, including a wide variety of metals such as silver, any carat and colour of gold, palladium, platinum and titanium. We have carefully researched the resources and materials we use and are proud to say that all of our designs are made with recycled precious metals – please see below for information on titanium. Our gemstones and diamonds are fully traced through each step of their journey, from mine to finished piece of jewellery.

We are constantly looking for new and better alternatives to the extensive range of materials we use, from precious metals and gemstones to long lasting tools.

Our ethics extend past the treatment of the people and the environment in the materials we buy, but also to having a really good and happy work place here at the workshop. We are conscious of the impact we have on the environment, from using ecological cleaning products to recycling, composting and reducing our single use plastic.

 

Recycled Precious Metal:

All our precious metal is recycled, and we reuse as much of our own metal waste as possible – what can’t be used (such as the metal dust and shavings from sawing or filing) is sent away to be refined and will eventually make its way back to us or another jeweller. This way of reusing precious metal is an ancient jewellers tradition – as fashion changes, jewellery is melted and reworked into new pieces. We prefer to use recycled metals rather than support the extraction of more materials in costly and environmentally damaging methods, and thus hope to limit our impact on the environment.

On request we can source fairtrade gold and silver – more information here: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/gold

Upcycling Your Own Metal:

We are more than happy to use your own metal in your jewellery – this not only ensures that we are reducing our own effect on the mining industry and its impact on the environment, but also allows you to recreate a beloved piece of jewellery in a new and personal design.

Titanium

We have limited information on the source of titanium. It is one of the most abundant elements on earth and the process of extraction and production is very specialised and expensive. One hopes that this means that most of the extraction is done by machinery and highly qualified workers – but sadly at the moment such traceability and assurances aren’t in place.


Gemstones

We do our best to make sure all the gemstones we use in our jewellery are as traceable and ethically sourced as possible.

This does mean that we are sometimes limited in the stones we can source

– which we believe it is a small price to pay for an untainted stone.

 

Diamonds:

Almost all our white and brown diamonds are sourced from our Australian supplier who goes above and beyond the Kimberly Process.

Each stone has total transparency and traceability in the supply chain – all the way back to its individual mine of origin, the Argyle – adhering to high standards of ethics and environmental responsibility throughout their mining, cutting and distribution which are independently certified by The JewelTree Foundation. We keep a record of the piece of jewellery that the diamond has been used in, making the diamond traceable from mine to customer’s finger.

Australian diamonds are supplied with their own Origin Australia certificate and larger stones also come with a GIA certificate. We can also obtain a JewelTree Certificate on request.

From our supplier: “Our company values ethically, socially and environmentally responsible diamond and gem products. That is that we source products mined peacefully, where care is taken to support and provide for the social conditions of workers, and the local community. That mining companies we deal with have environmental rehabilitation practises in place. And that they report truthfully to Governments and the Public, and pay taxes and royalties transparently.”

In some occasions, we source Canadian diamonds that share the same ethics as our Australian diamonds.

We are also working hard on establishing reliable and trustworthy sources for vintage and post consumer diamonds. As with our ethos on gold, we would prefer to recycle over mining new materials when there is so much on the surface already. If this is an area you are particularly interested in, do get in touch and we will see what we can do!

 

Other gemstones:

At the moment there is no certification for Fairtrade gemstones; however, we work with a collection of small and large scale suppliers at the forefront of changing the status quo. Their stones are conflict free, have been mined with minimal environmental impact and adhere to the principles of full disclosure and fair trade.

Due to the nature of small scale mining and cutting, we can’t always source identical stones so there may be slight variations from the stone pictured on the website or we may be in touch with an offer of a slightly smaller or larger stone when absolutely necessary. We will always contact you when this is the case.

We have a selection of stones left in our stock from before our switch to fully traced stones. These gemstones are conflict free to the best of our previous suppliers knowledge. We are happy to use these on request until they run out.

Upcycling your own heirloom stones:

Much like recycling metal, we are more than happy to use your own heirloom stones. Please get in touch to discuss using them in one of our designs or commissioning a piece.

 

Salvaged Woods:

Each wood we use has been chosen for its unique colour, patterned grain or traditional symbolism.

We are careful to make sure that each piece is sourced ethically and sustainably and we do not support the reduction of endangered species or contribute to industries that acquire their wood through environmentally damaging methods such as deforestation.

When we can, we try and use reclaimed wood that has a history or an interesting story. We’ve used offcuts from local tree surgeons, parts of antique furniture, refurbished ships, doors, tables and beams.

We are also happy to use your own wood to give your piece a completely personal touch. Simply fill out the Contact Form letting us know you’d like to do so.

 

Beyond the jewellery

Justin’s ethos as an employer is to treat everyone fairly and kindly. We are very well looked after and enjoy many perks from the odd day out to birthday feasts at lunchtime. Follow us on Instagram for peeks behind the scenes.

We are very lucky to live in Cornwall, a beautiful part of the world that we all strive to look after, individually and as a small company.

When you live this close to the sea, it’s very hard to turn a blind eye to the plastic pollution poisoning our seas. We are rather chuffed to be awarded our Plastic Free Status by Plastic Free Penzance and Surfers Against Sewage – a sign of the changes we have made around the workshop to minimise our contribution to plastic pollution from challenging suppliers to having our milk delivered in returnable glass bottles.

 

 

 

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