Each item we create is custom designed and hand crafted to our clients specifications and nothing here is mass produced. We understand that our clients like to know what to expect before commissioning a piece to be made and so below is some basic information about the way we do things at Megan Webb Jeweller.

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“The jewellery industry is one that relies on exploiting the natural resources of our earth. After training and working as a jeweller for over a decade it became increasingly important to me to adopt practices that have as little environmental and humanitarian effect as possible. With my experience I am committed to adhering to such principles in all my work without sacrificing the quality that clients rightfully expect from a bespoke handcrafted piece.

Starting Megan Webb Jeweller allowed me to put my passion for sustainability into practice at the forefront of what I do, whilst still using only top quality materials . It has been a long journey to reach this point and there is always more to be learnt, but it is my sincere hope that with the ever increasing demand, ‘green’ credentials in jewellery will only become more commonplace and easier to achieve.”

Megan

The Idea

To create jewellery of the highest quality using only the best materials yet with the least environmental impact.

The Making

With few exceptions everything is handmade in our Melbourne studio. After an initial consultation you can be involved every step of the way to ensure the perfect outcome.

The Timing

From initial consultation to completion having a piece made at Megan Webb Jeweller usually takes 4-8 weeks. This includes working with you to finalise the design, making any necessary adjustments and sourcing the right materials to make sure you are completely happy with the outcome.

The Pricing

Whilst it isn't possible to give an exact quote without knowing the details of your project we are always happy to discuss what can be done within your budget. Each piece we make is unique and we work with our clients at every stage taking into account individual requirements.

The Environmental Impact

There are of course many stages in the process where it is important to minimise waste and ensure best practices, but here are some of the direct ways in which we go about reducing our impact.

The Metals

Wherever possible the metal used in our jewellery is 100% recycled Silver, Palladium, Platinum or Gold.

Making just one ring from new metal can result in up to five tons of environmental waste, and so we work closely with our suppliers to ensure that we use no virgin metal and to minimise our effect on the environment.

The recycled metals we use are reclaimed from a combination of existing jewellery, silverware, coins and precious metal scrap.

The Gems

We are constantly working with suppliers both locally and around the world to find gems that are ethically sourced in ways that benefit local communities. Independent mining organisations that focus on minimising their environmental impact are favoured.

The Diamonds

The Diamonds that we use are:

  • Recycled Diamonds. These are sourced from old jewellery. The stones have been mined and cut many years ago and recently reintroduced into the supply chain.
  • Certified Origin Diamonds - These are Australian and Canadian Diamonds with certificates of origin, ensuring that they are conflict-free.

The Reason Our White Gold Isn’t Rhodium Plated

Rhodium plating is a process traditionally used on White Gold jewellery, whereby it is electroplated with a very fine layer of a pure metal, Rhodium. This masks the surface and creates the appearance of a brighter white, closer to that of Platinum. To maintain this finish re-plating is usually needed every 12-24 months. Unfortunately, Rhodium mining and extraction techniques have a detrimental effect on the environment, as do the harmful chemicals used in the electroplating process.

Here at Megan Webb Jeweller we have made the conscious decision not to plate any of our White Gold jewellery. We use an 18K White Gold and Palladium alloy (75% pure gold), which creates a brighter white finish than other White Gold alloys available. This not only avoids the harmful environmental impact of Rhodium plating, but also allows more of the natural colour of the gold to shine through. Not a bad thing in our eyes!

The Way You Can Help

We offer a trade-in service whereby the value of scrap metals you bring to us can be deducted from the cost of your final product. In some cases it may also be possible to directly reuse precious stones, though diamonds are most suitable and other stones may prove too delicate. All this and other requirements can be discussed in detail at the consultation and design stages.