We use a combination of recycled and new materials, depending on the requirements and supply. We recycle all of our studio scrap and excess for reuse, and where possible we use recycled metals, working solely with suppliers who are committed to sustainable environmental practices such as those who refine locally and also recycle their own scrap.
We have established strong relationships with likeminded, compliant and accredited suppliers who value similar production principles and who support our strive for transparency within the supply chain.
The silver that we use is 100% recycled Australian Sterling Silver.
70% of the gold that we use is recycled Australian gold.
30% of the gold that we use is newly mined. Of that figure 86% is confirmed as Australian mined, the remaining 14% being blended. This portion is generally made up of our clasps, earring backs, findings etc. In the nature of transparency, it’s very difficult for us to establish a direct origin of material for that 14%, given that these elements are manufactured generally by a third party. They are, however, sourced through the same accredited and compliant supplier as all other materials and are still purchased with the confidence that the manufacturing process complies with our production values.
The platinum and palladium alloys that we use are sourced through London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) accredited refiners in Switzerland, who adhere to responsible sourcing programs which include measures to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and human rights abuses globally.
Chains and Findings:
Our chains and necklace clasps are made in Italy from recycled gold and silver. This material is sourced through Swiss refineries and is of mixed origin. All other findings, including jump rings, earring posts and backs, are made from Australian gold and fabricated in Australia.
Why is our gold not 100% recycled?
We are continuously driving the percentage of recycled gold in our pieces closer to 100%. Due to the complex nature of materials and relevant behavioral properties, coupled with our specific designs, it is not yet feasible for us to use entirely recycled gold across all pieces. There are also limitations that we face when working with suppliers that produce specific components, such as chain and findings, as not all manufacturers have the ability to facilitate the refining and recycling of materials as part of their production processes.
While we continue to work towards improvement and progress in this area, at this stage we are satisfied with the large majority of our mined gold originating from within Australia given the strict compliance regulations around the mining and refining of precious metals, as well as fair trade and safe workplace conditions.