There’s a lot of noise in the jewellery industry surrounding ethical jewellery, and not all of it is as rosy as it might sound. Here at The Goldsmiths Daughter I am committed to ethical jewellery and business practices and this is what that looks like right now:
Recycled metals - I buy recycled gold in the form of sheet and wire from a refinery and also recycle metal myself directly from old jewellery. Some of my work is produced by casting and whilst I always try to use recycled gold it is not always possible. I am registered to use fair trade gold and this is sent to me by a refinery in the UK. Fair trade miners are small scale miners who are paid a living wage and encouraged to use environmentally friendly mining methods.
Ethically sourced gemstones - This is an extremely tricky issue as it is not usually possible to know exactly which mine a gem has originally come from and without knowing that it’s impossible to say whether environmentally and socially responsible policies have been adhered to. I do have a handful of suppliers who can guarantee the ethical sourcing of their gemstones. Other gems have been personally selected by myself directly from the gem cutter and this is always noted in the item description. I cannot however tell what the conditions were at the mine where the gem originated from. Tahitian pearls come from the pristine waters of French Polynesia where good environmental practices are the foundation of a healthy pearl industry. I also work with vintage gems which are drawn from stock held for years by my family or are sourced from broken or redesigned vintage jewellery. The original source of these gems is unknown but I believe in reusing what we already have. I also love to redesign your existing jewellery so please get in touch to find out more.
Data protection - This is an ongoing learning curve for me and something I feel very strongly about. Whilst I will never knowingly disclose your personal information to a third party, it turns out that I have little control over what Facebook can do with your information. To this end I have decided to close my facebook and instagram sales channels in order to protect your data when you are browsing and shopping at thegoldsmithsdaughter.com.au. What this means is that you will no longer see pricing links on posts in instagram and will not be able to shop directly from facebook. I answer every direct message so if you have any questions about an item just get in touch!