Ethics & Information
Wherever possible, we aim to use sustainable and ethically sourced metals and gem stones. Our metals are mostly either recycled gold or single mine origin gold (SMO).
100% recycled gold has none of the associated human or environmental problems that can sometimes be associated with mining. The origins are appealing as clients are increasingly concerned about the provenance of the products they buy. Typically, recycled gold is seen as much more ethical and sustainable than regular gold. It can be recycled, multiple times, without losing its quality, a much more sustainable solution than mining for new alloys. Plus, the majority of gold has already been mined and there are only a few mining regions left. Gold mining can lead to harmful effects, like water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. But, the beauty is that we can get away without mining for new materials – thanks to recycled gold.
SMO denotes gold that has been produced by a legitimate mining operation which holds no ties to conflict, where miners are being paid a just wage under secure employment. Furthermore, SMO strives to ensure that the communities living locally to the gold source are benefitting from sustainability initiatives carried out by the mining operation. Such initiatives include programmes centred on education, healthcare, safe drinking water and agricultural prosperity to support a wide number of people.
We only sell non conflict diamonds – diamonds covered by the Kimberly process. The Kimberley Process is an international certification scheme that regulates trade in rough diamonds. It aims to prevent the flow of conflict diamonds, while helping to protect legitimate trade in rough diamonds. We only use suppliers we’ve built up a relationship with over many years of business. And we know that they only use suppliers they trust. This creates a web of trust as a safeguard to make sure the diamonds we use are sourced responsibly.
Wash Golds are traceable regional golds with distinct natural forms and colouration. They are ecologically mined in small quantities by artisinal miners.
We use Fairtrade Gold and Single Mine Origin Gold in our jewellery.
The only diamonds, that we have knowledge of, that are certified and of traceable origin.
Hand-forging is how our ancestors transformed raw precious materials into beautiful jewellery. This is a tradition we keep alive.
A WARM WELCOME FROM ANDRE & ROSE
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01227 788 200
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Warmest wishes, Rose & André