I use recycled metals for the majority of my jewellery. This can be your own gold, perhaps from jewellery you have inherited or simply no longer wear, which is refined and reformed into something new. Or I can supply recycled gold and silver which will have come from a variety of sources – from scrap jewellery to industry – and is then refined and sold as recycled metal. This provides an alternative sustainable option as there is no mining for new gold therefore reducing environmental impact.
I am also able o work in Fairtrade gold and am proud to be a member of the Fairtrade Goldsmith Registration Scheme for small businesses.
“Fairtrade Gold is produced fairly and transparently. When buying jewellery made with Fairtrade Gold you make a difference to the miners, their families and their communities. Your support can provide them with the chance to be paid a fair price, better working conditions, build their futures by investing in social projects such as new schools and healthcare, and make their own way to prosperity”.
Mining for silver, gold and gemstones can be incredibly destructive to the environment, and detrimental to the miners who are rarely treated fairly. I love what I do, but I don’t want it to be at the expense of others.
Here’s what I do to try and reduce my impact –
- I am a member of the Fairtrade Gold Goldsmith Registration Scheme which means that you can commission me to use Fairtrade gold in your jewellery. Read: Why Choose Fairtrade. & Fairtrade Gold Miners to discover more.
- I only use either 100% recycled or Fairtrade gold and silver. The only exceptions are some chains and findings which are not available in recycled metals and so pendants and earrings may have a small element of newly mined metal.
- I buy gemstones from sources that have ethical policies themselves, i.e. they don’t knowingly trade in stones that are un-ethically or un-environmentally mined
- I only use conflict-free diamonds
- I am a signatory of the No Dirty Gold Campaign
- Nothing goes to waste in my workshop and I reuse/recycle every last piece of metal that’s leftover from the making process
- I use non-toxic chemicals in my workshop wherever possible.
- All of my office stationary and packaging is either reused, recycled, recyclable or biodegradeable. I ask that when you receive a parcel from me you reuse or recycle what you can.
- I use local or UK based suppliers where possible.
- I aim to be completely transparent and so you can view my list of my suppliers here.
“It is the greatest of mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little ~ do what you can”. Sydney Smith (1771 ~ 1845)