As a jewellery designer specialising in creating unique bespoke rings I’m very keen on the ethical sourcing of the gold, diamonds and other gems I use.

Clients are often more concerned about how much something will cost than how it is produced, and many jewellers don’t even mention ethics. (They don’t want to question the credentials of their other jewellery, OR damage their profits.) But if people REALLY knew what went on, they would be more concerned about how their diamonds, emeralds, gold, rubies and sapphires got to their fingers.

What most people DON’T realise is that it can actually be more cost-effective to source ethical gems.

This ring is made with recycled gold and contains Canadian diamonds and Chatham lab created sapphires - with the same physical, chemical and optical properties as the ones that come out of the ground. It also has the clarity of a top quality mined ceylon blue AND no questionable labour practices are involved. What’s more – it’s about 1/5th of the cost!

The client was thrilled, because his wife got the look she wanted and he could afford the price tag. And I’m pleased there is one more ethical ring in the world.

So for anyone who wants something special and different, who may or may not worry about children going down mines, but who does worry about the household budget, good quality Lab Created gems could be the answer.

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