WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE JEWELLERY?
We make every effort to operate our independent business with as little negative impact as possible. By sourcing only recycled metals (gold, platinum and silver), ethical diamonds (antique, recycled, Australian and lab grown) and eco-friendly gems and by making everything by hand, right here in our Melbourne studio, we can ensure your unique jewellery is as sustainable as it can be.
First and foremost we strictly vet our suppliers so that they meet our social, ethical and environmental ideals. Additionally we choose a renewable energy electricity plan, ensure we are paying our jewellers a living wage to handmake the pieces on-site and use only recycled and/or sustainably forested materials for our packaging, envelopes and packing tape.
When we do need to outsource a service or process (such as gem cutting/setting and engraving) we choose to work with local talent in the effort to keep our carbon footprint minimal (we even hand deliver!). As a whole we are always pushing ourselves to do better and strive to constantly improve and evolve in any way we can.
These stones have been mined and cut by hand many years ago and re-introduced into the supply chain.
Every diamond that re-enters the supply chain helps to reduce demand for future mining ventures.
Because antique diamonds are cut by hand each and every one is completely unique.
These stones are modern cut stones that have been previously set in jewellery and re-introduced to the supply chain.
Every recycled (including antique) diamond helps to reduce the demand for future mining ventures.
DIAMONDS WITH CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN
These are Australian and Canadian Diamonds with certificates of origin, ensuring that they are conflict-free.
The certificates ensure the stones are traceable and their origins are transparent.
White diamonds are the most readily available with champagne, cognac, yellow, pink, blue and purple available in limited quantities of Australian certified stock.
One of our great passions is working with Australian sapphires that have been sourced in small scale mining operations and cut by independent, local gem cutters.
Small scale mining operations have lower environmental impacts than large and in some regions of Australia sapphires are alluvial and simply picked up off the ground after heavy rain.
Sapphire is the hardest naturally occurring gemstone after diamond so is perfect for everyday pieces. Australia is famous for its rich blues and greens but it can also be found in yellows, pinks and more.
SECOND CHANCE GEMS
Second chance gems are stones that may have been overlooked because they're flawed in some way. Common imperfections can be inclusions such as growth lines, bubbles, mineral deposits and minor cleaves.
These stones may not have turned out as expected on the cutting table but are still stable and suitable for jewellery.
You can read more here.
LAB GROWN DIAMONDS, MOISSANITE AND GEMS
Lab grown diamonds, moissanite and gems are practically indistinguishable from natural stones so are a great conflict free option.
We are always working to find new suppliers both domestically and internationally to find the highest quality lab produced diamonds and gems that are crafted with minimal environmental impact.
RECYCLED GOLD, SILVER + PLATINUMLEARN MORE
Making just one ring from new metal can result in up to five tons of environmental waste. We've made it our mission to work with a supplier who is equally committed to reducing the demand for new mining ventures. Together we strive to ensure that no virgin metal is used in our hand fabricating alloys to minimise our environmental impact.
The recycled metals we use are reclaimed from a combination of existing jewellery, silverware, coins and precious metal scrap.
RE-MODEL YOUR EXISTING JEWELLERYUP-CYCLING YOUR OWN JEWELLERY
The most ethical metal available is actually the metal you already have.
So if you have old pieces of jewellery that are no longer worn then please contact us - we are very happy to assess them and discuss your options for recycling your old materials into something shiny and new!
WHY WE DON'T RHODIUM PLATE
Rhodium plating is a process traditionally used on White Gold jewellery, whereby it is electroplated with a very fine layer of a pure, white 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.
We have made the conscious decision not to plate any of our White Gold jewellery. We use 14K and 18K White Golds that are alloyed with Palladium, the whitest alloys available that do not contain nickel.