All our jewellery is made with product longevity in mind, from design through prototyping, development and final production, and we aim for the best quality in everything we do. Our low impact strategy for jewellery is centered around two principles; accelerating the use of recycled materials and moving the process of product design and prototyping in-house.
We only work with high quality precious materials such as 925 sterling silver and 9k gold. As a low impact initiative we have recycling and repurposing metal is one way of reducing the environmental impact of jewellery production, both in terms of improving the lifespan of the metal as well as reducing water waste, and we use as much recycled gold and silver as possible while still securing a high quality product.
All our main jewellery suppliers have either obtained a Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) certificate or are in the process of becoming certified. The RJC Code of Practices is the only industry standard covering the entire jewellery and watch supply chain, and focusing on business ethics and responsible supply chains it is widely recognised as a global landmark standard. At the factories several efforts are made to make a difference. Water used in production is purified before being released back into nature, the electricity is solar powered 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 their environmental impact.
Handcrafting and lost-wax casting are the two techniques that historically have defined the art of traditional jewellery making.Both are time-consuming, require significant technical expertise, requires international shipping and there is potential for human error. With respect for these traditional techniques we also acknowledge that the jewellery industry is in need of innovative solutions in order to grow, become more efficient and reduce the environmental impact. In 2020 we built an in-house lab consisting of two 3D printers and a laser engraving machine in order to gain better control of the jewellery development process.
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 digital designs and utilise our high-resolution 3D printers to produce samples. When the final sample is complete the process resumes to the traditional techniques for 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. Taking part of the jewellery development process in-house helps us reduce carbon emissions and our environmental impact.
Another significant 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