I am committed to conducting my business in the most ethically, environmentally and socially responsible manner possible.

I believe gold and other precious metals should be mined in a way that respects the need of humanity and our environment so I use suppliers with a commitment to sustainability.

Where possible gold is recycled and I am committed to selling Canadian diamonds, and others known for their high standards of social and environmental sustainability, so that you can have confidence in the diamond you purchase.

I believe it is completely unacceptable to tolerate conflict diamonds and I seek to use diamonds and gemstones from environmentally and socially responsible sources.

If you have a particular concern about the ethical sourcing of gemstones, you might like to think about Created Gemstones as an alternative.

It is important to recognise that some people working in mining communities have no choices, least of all about where their next meal will come from. These people still depend on the sale of diamonds from sources which are far from responsible, either socially or environmentally. This situation will not change just by wishing it away. Which is why we raise funds to support the work of DDI (the Diamond Development Initiative).

This Canadian based organisation seeks to bring children’s education and alternative employment opportunities to people in these mining communities.

Like any extractive industry, the mining of precious metals and gemstones in developing economies is a Development issue, and these are never economically, morally or ethically simple. We must not bury our heads in the sand and think that simply by buying ‘clean’ diamonds, gemstones or gold the problem will be solved. We all have the power of consumer choice and action to make a difference, we should use that power to improve the conditions of those who have none.

As a demonstration of our commitment to ethical and sustainable sourcing, we follow the code of practice of the Responsible Jewellery Council and require all suppliers throughout our supply chains - whether metals, diamonds or gemstones - to comply with the following principles:

• Employment is freely chosen

• Working conditions are safe and hygienic

• Child labour shall not be used

• Living wages are paid

• Working hours are not excessive

• Regular employment is provided

• No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed

• Responsible environmental practices

• Reduce waste and increase reuse and recycling

• Conserve energy consumption

• Zero tolerance of conflict products

• Respect for basic human rights

• Supporting local community

If you'd like to know more about sustainable jewellery do feel free to call to Julie at our Walton on Thames Studio on 01932 918189

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