Emily Chelsea Jewelry is very proud to announce that we are now using recycled precious metals and recycled or responsibly sourced diamonds and gemstones.
I recently attended an industry trade show where I had the opportunity to meet with several suppliers and got to talk to them about their sourcing. Many of them were recommended to me through Ethical Metalsmiths- an organization committed to responsible mining, sustainable economic development and transparency. All of the vendors I spoke to knew first hand where their stones came from and had a direct relationship with the mines themselves. I've highlighted a few specifics below about the metals, diamonds and gemstones I will now be using.
Gold, Platinum and Silver: All gold, platinum and silver from Emily Chelsea Jewelry is now sourced from a local refinery. The refinery melts down scrap gold and old jewelry to be reused again in casting and hand fabrication. When I met with them, they were very honest with me by saying that their silver is 95% recycled and the last 5% just simply cannot be traced. I appreciate their transparency and their efforts to running a sustainable business.
Diamonds: I was thrilled to meet so many awesome diamond dealers who source full cut, rose cut, rustic and rough diamonds! The diamonds (including the teeny tiny ones) are either recycled or sourced from ethical mines. The suppliers also check in regularly with the mines to insure they are continuing responsible practices.
Gemstones: Gemstones can be a lot harder to trace in comparison to diamonds. Despite this, I met with several gemstone miners, producers and suppliers who deal in responsibly sourced materials. Everyone I spoke to was very passionate about what they do and eager to show me some of their most prized pieces. The most popular stones I saw were rubies and sapphire (including Montana green sapphire), green quartz, garnet of all colors and opal.
Bear with us. There isn't a clear and definitive solution to being entirely 100% responsible and sustainable but as an industry we are taking the steps to create a more environmental and ethical trade. I encourage you to talk to your local jeweler about where they source their materials from and to ask about their studio practices. While the demand is growing, more jewelers are redefining their business model to include sustainable supplies and practices. If you would like to learn more about Ethical Metalsmiths or to view a directory of EM jewelers, visit their website here.