Our work is made in recycled silver, gold and platinum. The jewellery is cast in these recycled precious metals and then hand finished and assembled in our Bath studio.
We have chosen to work in recycled metal as we believe it is the most environmentally friendly option.
The source of the recycled silver, gold, and alloy metals for casting comes from scrap and other post-consumer sources. So the content of these metals is 100% recycled material.
For the Recycled Silver, Gold and Platinum used in casting our bullion supplier abides to the following rules:
· All products are produced using scrap material that has been purchased in. This scrap metal can come from sources ranging from the jewellery industry, to industrial residues, used electronic scrap, automotive and industrial catalysts and fuel cells.
· During the scrap purchasing process they verify where the material has come from and what it has been used for to ensure that they are not buying from conflict areas and that the material is not newly mined.
· The material can come in through many countries but they all stick to the above rules.
In addition to the main cast elements of the jewellery, we also need to use other elements called ‘findings’ which are the things like chain, clasps and wire. The wire I use is 100% recycled. The chain I use is made from partly recycled metal or fairtrade metal depending on the item – the description will always specify.
Many of my silver pieces are part-plated with gold to achieve mixed colour finishes. The gold used in the plating solution is not traceable and the process does use many chemicals which are handled responsibly. I believe that plating in recycled or Fairtrade metals will soon be available to the industry and I look forward to utilising this in my work.