RESPONSIBLE JEWELLERY

 

The Tom Wood jewellery collections combine Scandinavian minimalistic design with exceptional craftsmanship and innovation. All our jewellery is cast as individual pieces with final touches made by hand. We aim for the best quality in everything we do, from design through prototyping, development and final production, keeping the highest standards within the industry. Our jewellery is made with product longevity in mind.

In making our products we use natural materials and the highest quality of silver and gold. Jewellery can be re-polished, re-designed, or melted and remade into new jewellery, giving it new life. In our production we use as much recycled gold and silver as possible, while still securing a high quality product. Recycling and repurposing metals is a way of lowering the impact of jewellery production, both in terms of improving the lifespan of the metal as well as reducing water waste.

Our factories are certified by the RJC (Responsible Jewellery Council); the world’s leading standard-setting organisation for the jewellery and watch industry, focusing on business ethics and responsible supply chains. Link: https://www.responsiblejewellery.com/about/vision-2030/

At the factories several efforts are made to make a difference. All water used in production is purified before being released back into nature, solar panels generate electricity and natural resources are not wasted. Metal scraps are being reused, and recycled metals are the main components in all casts. Every detail counts, and we have a continuous dialog with all our factories to ensure that they work towards lowering the environmental impact on a daily basis.

TOM WOOD LAB

 

Historically, two techniques have defined jewellery making: handcrafting and lost-wax casting. Both techniques are highly time consuming, require significant technical expertise and there is potential for human error. Moreover, samples are usually flown back and forth between the brand and its manufacturer until a final sample is formed and put into production. Although we have a deep appreciation for these traditional techniques, we also see that our industry is in need of innovative solutions in order to grow, become more efficient and lower the impact on our environment. In 2020 we built an in-house lab in order to gain better control of the jewellery development process. Our lab consists of two 3D printers and a laser engraving machine.

Increased efficiency

Having access to 3D design software and printers in house enables rapid prototyping and increased supply chain efficiency. With a digital workflow, our jewellery development team can use CAD software to create designs digitally and utilise our high-resolution 3D printers to produce a sample. After a final sample is achieved the process follows the same path as traditional casting. Thanks to digital innovation, the need for time-intensive labour is reduced and the design itself is easily modified or recreated when needed.

Reduced carbon emissions

With traditional jewellery manufacturing, materials, parts and final products are often shipped long distances, creating significant levels of carbon emissions. Investing in 3D printing has allowed us to take part of the jewellery development process in-house, thereby reducing carbon emissions and lowering our impact on the environment.

Reduced waste

Another major benefit of 3D technology is the reduction of waste in comparison to traditional jewellery techniques, such as lost-wax casting. With 3D printing, rather than cutting away parts of a larger piece of material, the product is created by laying down material layer by layer. This results in little to no waste, thereby lowering the impact of our prototyping process.

 

LOW IMPACT PROJECT