Conscious of the social and environmental impact of working with precious metals and gemstones, Eloise works to minimise the impact of her jewellery practice.

Through making conscious and informed choices with regards to materials, suppliers, tools and chemicals, she is continually working to make her workshop and products as eco-friendly as possible.

Eloise will always be honest about her processes and the origins of the materials she uses, so please get in touch if you would like further information about any aspect of her practice.

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ETHICAL PRECIOUS METALS

Eco Sterling Silver

With the exception of necklace chain and small findings, Eloise works with fully traceable and certified 100% recycled sterling silver whenever possible. This is exactly the same as normal silver, but it has been certified as 100% reclaimed from jewellery, giftware and other industries that use silver for manufacturing. Precious metal scrap is ordinarily introduced back into circulation so a percentage of 'new' silver will usually come from these sources. However, working with 100% recycled silver from audited sources ensures that no new silver is mined, reducing the environmental impact and making it a more eco-friendly option.

Eco Gold

Eloise works with 100% recycled gold. This includes small findings such as earring backs, which she makes by hand. The only exception is necklace chain, which is certified Fair Trade gold (please see the Fairtrade Gold section below for more information).

Ethically conscious consumers are seeking a 'greener' way to buy gold jewellery as there is increasing awareness of the devastating social, environmental and health impacts of gold mining. This includes the displacement of communities and the exploitation of natural resources. The release of poisonous chemicals and toxic waste contaminates vital water supplies and causes immeasurable damage to eco-systems.

Audited and certified 'ecogold' is the most eco-friendly alternative to newly mined gold. As with the recycled silver Eloise uses, this gold is already in existence and is collected from market sectors such as jewellery, giftware, medical and electronic industries. This is done through a traceable and audited process, ensuring that the reclaimed gold is 100% recycled from ethical sources.

Fairtrade Gold

Eloise is registered with the Goldsmith's fairtrade certified gold scheme. Buying from suppliers who source their gold from small scale miners avoids the negative impact of standard, large scale gold mining practices. There are already several small fair trading mines in place that avoid the use of cyanide, mercury and arsenic for extraction, and they are paid a fair price for their supply of gold. They also re-invest their profit to help the local community.

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ETHICAL GEMSTONES

Eloise carefully selects experienced suppliers who are able to provide information about the provenance and authenticity of their gemstones. It is important that suppliers promote transparency, traceability and ethical practices, from the sourcing and mining of gemstones through to cutting and polishing.

FAIR TRADE

Gemstones described on the website as FAIR TRADE have been sourced from suppliers who specialise in ethically sourced, fair trade gemstones. The following principles are key to their practice:

• Fair labour conditions 

• Community benefit

• Environmental protection

• Traceable supply chain

• Product integrity

MOISSANITE

Moissanite is out of this world, quite literally! Originally discovered in 1983 inside a meteorite, this naturally occurring material is durable, flawless and incredibly sparkly.

As Moissanite is a very rare material, it is now created by specialists in a lab. Second only to diamond on the MOHS scale, with a hardness of 9.25 and a refractive index of 2.65, Moissanite is an exceptional stone that is gaining popularity as an eco-friendly and affordable alternative to the diamond. 

You can read a comparison of diamond and Moissanite here:

DIAMONDS VS MOISSANITE by Krish Himmatramka

ETHICAL DIAMONDS

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) was introduced in 2002. While this has reduced the number of so called 'blood diamonds' in circulation, it has not prevented diamonds being smuggled and illegally certified in neighbouring regions. Therefore, the Kimberley certification does not guarantee that a diamond is conflict-free. It also does not mean fair pay and working conditions for workers, nor does it guarantee environmental protection.

Ethical diamonds go beyond conflict-free. They are fully traceable, all the way back to the mine of origin. A truly ethical diamond will be mined, cut and polished by adults who earn a fair wage and there will be policies in place to protect the environment, wildlife and the local communities.

Get in touch if you would like to inquire about commissioning a piece with an ethical diamond. Eloise can source GIA certified diamonds that are 100% traceable. These are guaranteed to come from conflict-free sources and from a mining industry that complies with the strictest of ethical and environmental policies.

RECLAIMED DIAMONDS

The most eco-friendly option. A limited choice of reclaimed gemstones may also be available. Options for both reclaimed diamonds and gemstones depend on current availability, however you may just get lucky and find something you love. Choose from beautiful Old Mine, Old European and modern cuts. Get in touch if you would like to inquire about options and availability of reclaimed diamonds and gemstones.

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WORKSHOP 

Eloise sources more environmentally friendly alternatives to harmful substances and she avoids using toxic chemicals or polishing powders.

Sustainable vegetable wax is used instead of paraffin-based jeweller's wax during the lost-wax casting process.

No animal products, such as leather, animal glue, beeswax, pearls, silk and wool, are used in the workshop or in any of the products.

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PACKAGING

Gift boxes, wrapping tissue and twine are made from sustainable, recycled or recyclable materials. Padded envelopes and cardboard packaging are re-used or recycled wherever possible.



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