Many of you will have heard horror stories about the human and environmental conditions in which diamonds, gemstones and precious metals are extracted from the ground, processed and traded. But it is not all like that, things are getting better with increasing public awareness and the pressure of the purchasing choices you make.
VERIFIABLE, ETHICAL, SUSTAINABLE
We are committed to the verifiable ethical and sustainable sourcing of all materials wherever we can. Many of the materials, especially the metals, used in our work are recycled. We abide by the standards of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and support the work of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI).
See our Ethical Policy for more information.
In line with RJC guidelines we monitor our suppliers and ensure that they operate their own ethical and sustainability policies.
LAB GROWN GEMS AND DIAMONDS
Another aspect of this is the availability and use of laboratory grown stones, including diamonds. These are becoming more known about and available now, but we have been using Lab Grown Gems
in our work for a number of years and again have excellent contacts directly with the manufacturers and specialist suppliers.
Lab grown stones are physically, chemically and optically identical to those out of the ground, and often of higher quality (especially for coloured gems), and they cannot be distinguished from mined stones without the use of some very specialist equipment.
Apart from questions of sustainability and ethics, Lab Grown Diamonds
and Gemstones are significantly less expensive (at the moment) than the mined variety of the same quality.
So it is pretty much a win-win situation for those clients willing to embrace the concept.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY'The end product is just amazing … Julie was a delight to work with and came up with a design that suited my wife's taste and budget, and using ethically sourced stones too!. Highly recommended.' Ben C, via LinkedIn
'I would like to thank Julie for her help and advice … especially as what I decided on was difficult to source. Julie is very knowledgeable and helpful and it was really important to me to be able to choose an ethical and individual ring …. I didn't realise there was so much to learn about diamonds … it was great to have her guidance for something so special. I would highly recommend.' Janine N