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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PRECIOUS METALS

Silver

With the exception of necklace chain and very small findings, Eloise works with fully traceable and certified 100% recycled sterling silver. This is silver that has been 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 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.

Gold

Eloise works with 100% recycled gold. This includes small findings such as earring backs, which she makes by hand. The only exception is the 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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GEMSTONES

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

FAIR TRADE GEMSTONES

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

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WORKSHOP 

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

She has recently sourced a sustainable vegetable wax, which she uses as an alternative to the paraffin-based jeweller's wax used 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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