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.
We never use faked gold, gold plating, gold filled or gold vermeil. All our gold is solid 14k and up. Plating gold has environmental and quality issues that we cannot get behind even thought it comes at an affordable price.
All our sterling silver and silver metals are from reclaimed and recycled sources. Recycling metal requires minimal environmental impact and we can even do it in our own studio. Recycled metal is important because modern mining is taxing on natural resources.
The gemstones we source are mined in countries that have a good track record for environmental protection and are not being leveraged to finance civil wars nor have a recent history of child labor practices. We buy directly from the gem cutters thereby supporting developing communities and small scale artisanal cutting operations. Other sources of our gemstones are high quality lab grown, or reclaimed vintage.
Conflict free or ethical gemstones is a term that refers to gemstones that are obtained through safe environmentally friendly mining and labor practices. The serious issues that plague the gem trade are: slavery, life threatening working conditions, financing civil wars, child labor, and environmental damage. 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. This is especially true for the precious gemstones like diamonds, rubies, sapphires and garnet. So extra care and research needs to go into sourcing these stones. The demand and awareness for ethical gems will help to eradicate this devastating practice and ensure we know how our gemstones are being mined.
Here is our Natural Gemstone Sourcing Criteria:
These cultured gemstones are chemically and almost visually the same as naturally created opal and offer a way smaller impact on the environment with no risk for human endangerment. Cultured opals also offer fewer flaws and way smaller carbon footprint than traditionally mined opals. Gilson opals are made by mimicking the process of nature, but instead of taking over millions of years, they can grow an opal in less than a 1 year.
Print and download this handy chart to find your ring size. Make sure you use exactly 8.5"x11" letter paper. You can use a string or a piece of paper and wrap around your finger or nuckle to measure the circumference and match to your size.
Follow this chart to see where the necklace will fall. All necklace sizes are described on the product pages. We suggest getting a piece of string and measuring necklace on your neck to ensure best fit.