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ETHICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ETHOS
What is Ethical Jewellery?
Ethically made jewellery is crucially about the origins of the materials used to make the product and the conditions under which these were produced and traded. This is where the majority of the environmental and social injustices occur in the production of jewellery.
An ethical jewellery business involves responsible sourcing of materials, responsible studio practices and transparent branding that communicates a commitment to ethical making, from materials that have been produced on sites that protect the health and safety of workers and the environment but also produced by people that are paid a fair wage. An ethical jeweller will therefore try wherever possible to improve the environmental and social sustainability of their practice.
Jewellers who are committed to responsible business practices will be happy to answer questions about how they source their materials and make their work. Jewellers who consider issues in their supply chains, put in great efforts to have responsible businesses and practices and companies who are completely transparent, will want to share this story with you.
No soil movement
Negligible air pollution
Water usage is lower by a factor of 7
1000's of acres of soil is moved
High air pollution
100's of litres of water used
What Makes us Ethical?
The most important factor to us is our stones. After all, it is the corruption and manipulation of the mined diamond industry that prompted the formation of Ethica Diamonds. Mined diamonds are so damaging to our environment, the mining process involves 1000’s of acres of soil being moved and ploughing up the seabed, as well as 100’s litre’s of water being used and high air pollution. They are also incredibly damaging to people, diamond mines use child labourers and workers that are mistreated and unfairly paid, they work in dangerous conditions and are responsible for countless casualties.
We offer two stone options, both are kind, and never mined.
The Ethica Diamond – Our signature gemstone, grown using patented technology and independently certified by the GRI and IGI, to international benchmark standards. It has the same toughness and durability as diamond, but doesn’t compromise on beauty or our planet.
Pure lab-grown diamonds – supplied by carefully selected growers that are dedicated to producing type 11A diamonds (the highest grading possible) and committed to sustainability and environmental best practice, by already using 100% renewable energy or committed to becoming fully sustainable in the creation of their diamonds in the future.
OUR PRECIOUS METALS
Our jewellery manufacturer is SCS registered, which assures our customers that the metals and gemstones used to create our jewellery uses recycled metals and gemstones, which actively avoid conflict metals and materials from questionable or illegal sources. It also demonstrates fundamental benchmarks of social and environmental accountability are met, including risk management throughout the supply chain. Workers are treated fairly according to international labour standards, and destructive environmental practices are avoided.
Gold mining in particular is also hugely destructive to people and our planet, which is why we also offer a Fairtrade gold option on all of our jewellery. Fairtrade gold ensures that the gold was mined in a Fairtrade gold mine. Fairtrade mines are much smaller, lessening their impact on the environment. They also ensure that workers are paid fairly, in safe working conditions and have a good quality of life. Although the gold is still mined, you can be confident that Fairtrade gold has not harmed any people or contributed to such a dangerous and corrupt industry.
We try our best to be ethical in all aspects of our business, which of course includes our packaging and continuously strive to reduce our packaging as part of our continued commitment to reducing our environmental footprint. All Ethica jewellery is presented in a choice of beautiful signature boxes, made from recycled materials, all of which is from responsibly managed sources.
We double box all of our jewellery, for both protection and discretion with an outer postal box that is filled with recycled shredded card to protect the jewellery box inside. Our standard jewellery boxes are crafted locally, in Cornwall with cardboard sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests, this means that 70% of the materials origin from well-managed, FSC-certified forests and a maximum of 30% from recycled materials and other controlled sources to protect the forests for future generations, You can choose to upgrade to one of our beautiful signature Forever Boxes, crafted from responsibly sourced solid wood from FSC certified forests. For single ring orders over £3000 with lab diamonds or Ethica Diamonds, we include a complimentary box upgrade.
Honesty, kindness and passion is what fuels us as a small business and we strive to align these values in everything we do. We work hard to ensure that our customers are happy and will go above and beyond to make sure their experience with us is as special as it should be.
We also value our staff and suppliers tremendously, as without them, we couldn’t do what we do. Because of this, we benefit from long lasting working relationships that have lasted for many years that are built firmly on trust and respect.
Having dedicated the past 12 years into delivering honest, transparent and helpful information to the consumer about outdated diamond industry practices, the truth about mined diamonds is spreading and we are proud to be part of the movement towards lab grown and diamond alternatives. We are passionate about educating the benefits of modern-day ethical diamond jewellery that will stand the test of time, not cost a fortune, and meets your ethical choices. The process of creating our lab grown diamonds and stones causes no harm or destruction to the environment, miners, indigenous people or wildlife. We are extremely careful about partnering with suppliers and lab diamond growers that align with our strong ethical ethos.
What makes us Ethical?
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