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Materials & Manufacturing

Intentionally produced, we create products with craftsmanship & care in mind. We prioritise using recycled metals & materials and do not use animal products.

Vermeil is a benchmark of quality. 'Vermeil is different from regular ‘gold plated jewellery’ as to be legally called ‘vermeil’, or considered as ‘true vermeil’ it has to comply with US standards: 

  • The base metal must be pure silver or 925 sterling silver
  • Gold plate needs to be 2.5 microns thick or higher
  • Gold karat needs to be 10k or higher

    We produce in recycled 925 sterling silver with a gold overlay of 14k gold. All our jewellery is plated in a minimum of 2.5 microns - depending on the piece up to 4 microns are used. 

    Together we work alongside our manufacturers, who are based in Jaipur, India, to produce & manufacture our jewellery in a way that is sustainable, ethical & responsible. 

    Almost daily, our Founder and Designer, Nina, will be in touch with our Production Manager in Jaipur, discussing designs, processes and receiving the latest updates from the production team.

    Our manufacturers have converted traditional work processes and skills into a modern configuration, to provide their workers with a healthy & safe work environment. 

     

    Materials

    RECYCLED METALS

    Our jewellery is created in recycled metals preserving what materials are already on offer and not contributing to mining earth's resources. We switched to using recycled metals in early 2020, since then we have saved approximately 162kg of new metals from being mined. 

    We create our jewellery using 9k gold & 14k gold, 925 sterling silver and a combination of both to create our Vermeil products.

    GEMSTONES

    To date, we have used a variety of stones in our collections including; Black Onyx, Tigers Eye, Lemon Quartz, Topaz & Peridot Gemstones.

    These stones are ethically sourced by our manufacturer and are traceable back to their original origins. We are currently working towards switching to recycled gemstones for our future collections.

    RECYCLING JEWELLERY

    We are committed to working with precious metals that hold their value, can be used over and over again and have the ability to be recommissioned to take on a new life.

    We save all jewellery, components, parts and spares. These parts are remade into new pieces in-house or kept for repairs. Faulty or broken items that we’re unable to repair are all sent back to our manufacturer; these pieces and parts are melted down, purified and recycled.

    Manufacturing

    ARTISANAL

    Creating an artisan product, about 95% of product processing is done by manual effort - filing, stone setting, polishing, texture, pipe & wire drawing and gemstone cutting.

    EMPOWERMENT

    Within our manufacturing unit, women do all the beadwork, pearl drilling and threading, It’s our goal to upskill as many women as possible to enable & empower them and in turn, produce more aspects of our jewellery

    SUPPLIER CODE OF CONDUCT

    We commit to working & aligning ourselves with other like-minded people and businesses; together we recognise that although some changes are small, they are still hugely significant in the big picture.

    Our Code of Conduct and Social Policies outline the base requirements for responsible behaviour and ethical standards that we will accept from within our business and from any other manufacturers whom we choose to work with.

    OUR GUIDELINES

    We choose to implement these guidelines alongside local and internationally recognised laws to promote awareness of social responsibility and ethical standards within business and hold all business partners to the same standard.

    View our code of conduct -

    Accreditations

    Our manufacturers have implemented responsible, ethical processes & initiatives in their factories that are echoed in our very own ethos as a business.

    Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) Certification assures that companies are adhering to responsible business practices & assures that jewellery has been manufactured according to the RJC code of practices. This code covers human & labour rights, environmental impact, mining practices & product disclosure. RJC Certification is only attainable through a rigorous third-party independent audit.

    Sedex is one of the world’s leading ethical trade membership organisations, working with businesses to improve working conditions in global supply chains. SMETA (SedEx Members Ethical Trade Audit) is Sedex’s social auditing methodology, enabling businesses to assess their sites and suppliers to understand working conditions in their supply chain. SMETA monitors supplier’s standards of labour, health and safety, environment and business ethics. 

    The BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) is an industry-driven audit process that aims to assess workplace standards across the global supply chain. A business who conducts a BSCI audit can monitor across their supply chain; that all workers are being treated fairly & ethically, workplace health & safety protocols are upheld & fair remuneration is offered to all employees.

    The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is an international organisation who publishes worldwide technical, industrial and commercial standards. The international standards set by this non-governmental body help businesses increase productivity while minimising errors and waste & aids in the creation of products and services that are safe, reliable, and of good quality. 

    The introduction of green energy has involved the installation of a Solar Energy Plant, so that renewable energy can be utilised throughout the entire manufacturing process and the further installation of an Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) removes hazardous chemicals from any production/ manufacturing wastewater.

    Recycled water captured via a rainwater harvesting system is utilised back into manufacturing processes and around 2,000 trees have been planted surrounding the factory in the past 3 years alone.