It just seems basic that when you're making something like jewellery which is used to represent love and beauty by many, you'd want to make it as ethical as possible.  Not only as ethical as possible, but be involved in improving standards in working conditions, traceability and transparency, at the same time as being honest on open with customers about where the materials used to make their jewellery come from and what the limitations and challenges are. 

Rough Tsavorite garnets near Meralani Tanzania

Ethically sourced materials

Our policy is to use certified, ethically sourced metals, diamonds and coloured gemstones wherever possible.  Where this is not possible we will inform our customers and be fully transparent about the limitations about the current challenges of producing ethical jewellery.  In our opinion, there is a hierarchy of the current 'ethical' metals and a case for using metals, gemstones and diamonds that are not traceable or ethical, given certain conditions if requested.  We follow the 'Fair trade level'  categorization approach, as outlined by U.S based, Columbia Gemhouse, the market leader in ethical gemstones.  We are liscensee's for Fairmined an American based gold certification body as well as registered goldsmiths with Fairtrade gold.  Our approach can be said to be informed by personal experience and the social and philosophical movement, effective altruism.

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ethical gold

The story of fairtrade gold is an inspiring tale of determination and success against the odds which means that today, we are able to offer jewellery made from gold that we know has been mined in safe and fair conditions and that the miners get a fair price for their work.  We are proud to offer both Fair Trade and Fairmined gold as well as recycled Silver and platinum.   Unless otherwise stated, all the gold used in our collections is either Fairtrade or Fairmined. 

Gold mine in Bwanga, Tanzania

Limitations and challenges

The world of ethical consumerism is a growing and dynamic one.  The jewellery industry has come a long way but there is still a lot to do before high standards and fairness can be said to be the norm rather than the exception.  Whilst traceable gold now exists, it represents a tiny fraction of the market and other metals like silver and platinum have only sporadic supply , to find out more about the challenges, click here >>