Ethical production practices include transparent and responsible sourcing of materials, as well as minimal or positive impacts on the environment. Prioritising fair wages, safe and secure working environments are also excellent ways jewellery producers can ensure ethical jewellery reaches consumers.
Jewellery items which shine and sparkle should not lose their lustre when faced with ethical considerations. You can truly have it all; high quality, affordable handmade jewellery items and a positive impact on the world.
Choosing the most sustainable materials is an excellent way to enact a mindful approach to any jewellery shop. Jewellery products which are manufactured using recycled or waste materials are a must; often these have more character and history than other pieces. Meanwhile, manufacturers should indicate how their transparent practices reduce emissions and prevent environmental destruction.
It is possible and desirable to recycle precious metals such as silver and gold, which can be melted and reformed without losing any quality. This is great news for us all, both financially and environmentally! In addition, semi-precious gemstones can also be reused; the best people for this job are skilled artisans such as those who work with Elka London. This can give new life to unique handmade jewellery pieces.
Where it is not possible to find recycled gems, ethically-sourced semi-precious materials are also a great option. You should always ask for transparency from your supplier. Meanwhile, using other beautiful components such as swarovski crystals (made of glass) also reduces the need for mining and ensures you can find ethical jewellery that you love.
Ethical jewellery is not only possible and within reach, but it is incredibly desirable today, so don’t miss out.
By Jake Goldman