Our 14k Fairmined Gold is the leading industry sustainable and ethical gold choice. our gold is only from responsible Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM). It is backed by a rigorous 3rd party certification and audit system that ensures that small entrepreneurial mining communities meet world leading Standards for responsible practices. Fairmined transforms mining into an active force for good, delivering social development and environmental protection, providing everyone with a source of gold they can be proud of. While recycling gold is still a sustainable and ethical option, it doesn't provide a solution for how the majority of the gold in the world is obtained. Buying fairmined gold helps to invest in the social, economic and environmentally sustainable development of miners, their families, workers and the community.
Every piece is cast from 100% Fairmined gold. The components of my jewelry that aren't available in fairmined like earring posts and earring backs are made from conventional gold or certified recycled gold whenever possible.
We have a variety of sourcing methods for gemstones to and continue to audit and improve upon our supply chain. Some of our sapphires, like our white melee, come from small scale artisanal mines with primitive mining equipment. These mines are small businesses rather than giant corporations, and are most often family owned and operated making them fully traceable and low environmental impact. Other sources of our gemstones, like for our diamonds, are certified recycled, lab grown or Canadian.
We don’t believe in the Kimberly process as it hasn’t proven to eradicate the issues within the gemstone industry. Instead we are forging relationships with suppliers that are working directly with the miners and cutters and improving the industry for the better. Currently there is no reliable certification process for ethical gemstones. In general the best source is traceable stones with known provenance.
Conflict free or ethical gemstones is a term that refers to gemstones that are not used to finance a civil war. However there are many other serious issues that plague the gemstone industry like slavery, forced labor, dangerous working conditions, child labor, and environmental damage. So saying a gemstone is conflict-free is essentially sweeping under the rug all the other terrible issues that need to be addressed.
The supply chain is very corrupt and often times a stone will transfer hands so many times that the origins and sources of the stones are unknown making programs like the Kimberly Process open to corruption and flaws. Extra care and research needs to go into sourcing precious gemstones and it is an ever evolving situation. The awareness of these issues are an important first step and eventually it is my hope that the popular demand for ethical traceable gems will help to eradicate devastating practices and ensure we know our gemstones are being mined in an equitable way that benefits everyone and not just those controlling the mines.