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Canadian Diamonds

We use Canadian diamonds, they were formed hundreds of years ago and they are natural with care taken of the environment and the people who mine, cut and polish them. 

Cubic Zirconias

Diamonds are supposed to be a rare and desirable gem stone and as they are natural and finite in their quantities we do use cubic zirconias in some of our main line jewellery collections. These are as hard as diamonds but are man-made and are actually better for the environment. We do not use cubic zirconias in bespoke work and it will always be stated on the product page what the gem is.

Conflict Free Diamonds

The Kimberly process does not gurentee that your diamonds are conflict free. 

This scheme requires that all rough diamonds crossing an international border should be transported in a tamper-resistant container and accompanied by a government-validated Kimberley Process Certificate; that each certificate should be resistant to forgery, uniquely numbered and describe the shipment's contents; and that shipments are only permitted between KPCS participant countries.

The Kimberley Process has reduced the trade in conflict diamonds, unfortunately the problem has not been stopped, and diamonds produced in conflict zones are being smuggled to neighbouring regions to be certified.  In places like Zimbabwe the army have taken control of diamond fields, they force the locals to work for them in the mines and are often raped and killed. These diamonds are an examples of 'blood diamonds'.

Second Hand Diamonds

We also use second hand diamonds that have been taken out of old jewellery pieces, this way you are protecting the earth by not mining for a new gem. It's a form of recycling! We can work with old family jewellery. We do not, however, work with clients providing loose gem stones of thier own.

Coloured Gems

We have several sources for coloured gem stones from small scale miners or secondhand jewellery. 

Recycled

With our main collections (ie not bespoke jewellery) We work with recycled gold and silver. Reducing the demand for newly mined metals helps protect the earth from the environmentally damaging effects of mining practices. We are currently un able to get recycled chain but as soon as it is available we will be using 100% recycled chain. At least 75% of the metal used in our jewellery is recycled. We can get solid 9k chain which is fair trade, it will be stated on the product page.

For Daisy's bespoke work we use recycled gold and platinum that comes from a refinery that sources old gold and platinum from lots of sources, including jewellery, computers and other industries, and then they refine these metals back to their pure form ready fo rus to work with. We also can use ethically mined gold and platinum, so you can decide with route you would like to go down when discussing bespoke work with us.

Recycled gold and platinum are identical quality to newly mined gold or platinum.

Fairtrade

Artisanal miners make up ninety per cent of the global workforce involved in the mining of gold, and millions of people worldwide rely on small-scale gold mining to survive. VFew of these miners receive a fair price for the gold that they work tirelessly to produce. Working in dangerous conditions, with no health and safety measures, and often children are forced to work.

Fairtrade certified gold provides small-scale miners and their communities with the opportunity for better living and working conditions. Fairtrade gold comes from mines in Peru, Tanzania and Kenya.


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