Lots of people view ethical jewellery in lots of ways and the information out there can be confusing and inconsistent. We’ve created this section of our site to be ‘scene setting’ so you can learn about fine ethical jewellery with clarity and without bias. If you’ve any comments or queries about this section or would like a little clarification feel free to contact us.
What is ethical jewellery?
We view ethical jewellery in three ways: the materials, the workmanship and the processes used in crafting . We aim to use materials that minimise harm to the environment, maximise equality & fairness within the supply chain and that are transparent in their journey from source to customer.
Workers in the supply chain should be paid a fair wage and treated well with no discrimination or exploitation. Processes within the manufacture should minimize damage to the environment. In an ideal world this should then be independently authenticated.
How can you tell it’s ethical jewellery?
This is the big question! Ideally you’d want an independent body to validate claims. In the UK for example Hallmarking on precious metal is an independent validation that the gold or platinum bought is what it says it is.
The only independent body certifying gold in the UK is the Fairtrade Foundation. They only certify gold and associated precious metals (silver and platinum) that meet the Fairtrade standards.
There is no independent certification for recycled gold or precious gemstones. With the exception of gold and associated precious metals, you will have to trust that the individual business is doing the best they can and some may self-certificate that they are ethical.