ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & STATEMENT OF VALUES

Our commitment to responsible jewelry practices is a cornerstone of our business.  This encompasses two interwoven focus areas: 1) Choices which are beneficial to the people along our supply and manufacturing chain; and 2) Environmental choices that cause the least impact to our planet.

Humans and Communities
To the greatest extent possible we source materials through transparent supply chains, which allow us to know the working conditions and compensation structure for the miners and gemstone cutters.  We are a Fairmined Gold Licensee, which means we are able to purchase gold with the highest standards of safety and empowerment for small-scale artisanal miners. We are also members of organizations that are continuing to move transparency and accountability forward in the industry, such as Ethical Metalsmiths and Gem Legacy.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, family structure, religion or background, in our hiring practices or in working with clients.  We firmly support marriage equality and the LGBTQ+ community.  We are working on being actively anti-racist as humans and as members of the jewelry community.  We choose not to work with vendors who do not share these values.  Additionally, we support industry projects which promote these ideals.

Our Mother Earth
High environmental standards includes both our onsite manufacturing methods and ethical sourcing of materials.  This commitment governs every choice we make in our business, from the gemstones we use to the lightbulbs we set them under, to the packaging in which you receive them.

In addition to exceeding the Green Business standards for waste reduction and resource conservation, we continuously innovate with new ways to conserve resources and increase efficiency while maintaining the highest standards of quality and service.

We have reduced the use of toxic chemicals in production as much as possible and developed environmentally friendly versions of traditional methods of jewelry making.  We employ innovative recycling and reuse methodologies, and take measures to reduce emissions, water usage and energy usage. Our studio is 100% solar powered.

We carefully source our materials from trusted vendors.  All precious metals we use are Third Party Certified Recycled, Fairmined or recycled in-house.  All diamonds are either lab-grown, estate stones, Third Party Certified Recycled or newly mined stones governed by The Kimberley Process.  Our colored gemstones are either estate stones or purchased from a select network of gem dealers committed to ethical and sustainable mining and manufacturing.

We support organizations such as Better Without Mercury and Mercury Free Mining who are working on improving the environmental impact of mining.  We are also a Certified Green Business in Alameda County.

Transparency and Communication 
We believe transparency is extremely important to increasing high standards for ethical and environmental responsibility in the jewelry industry.  We are delighted to discuss all the details of our sourcing and manufacturing with our clients.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

Impact of COVID-19 on Artisanal Small-Scale Miners (CRJC)
Ethical Metalsmiths
The Jewelry Glossary Project
Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference
Better Without Mercury
Gem Legacy
Fairmined Gold
The Challenge of Creating Responsible Jewelry (Forbes Article)
The Hidden Cost of Jewelry (Human Rights Watch)

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