Sustainability & ethics
MADE TO ORDER
Made to order means minimal waste and maximum transparency. All of our pieces are crafted in our Melbourne workshops by our master jeweller and gemstone setter. Handcrafting our jewellery in-house gives us complete control over the process—from sourcing and production to setting, finishing, quality control all while keeping our customers regularly updated.
WE PROUDLY DESIGN ALL OF OUR JEWELLERY IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.
EACH PIECE IS MADE TO ORDER IN OUR MELBOURNE WORKSHOP.
OUR GOLD & PLATINUM
We use recycled precious metals wherever possible. We recycle all of our studio scrap for reuse. Furthermore, we work solely with a Responsible Jewellery Council accredited, Australian precious metal supplier who is as committed to transparency—and sustainable environmental and production practices—as we are.
CERTIFIED CONFLICT-FREE & ETHICAL DIAMONDS
The ethics surrounding diamond sourcing has had it’s fair share of scrutiny in the last 20 years. This has led to it being the most regulated commodity in the jewellery world. It is a legal requirement for all diamonds entering Australia to be Kimberley certified conflict-free.
Going one step further, at CW we source all of our modern cut diamonds directly from the Global Diamond Sightholder companies which cut around 90% of the world's diamonds. Through buying directly from a Global Sightholder we can ensure that the diamond rough has come from one of the big reputable diamond mining operations, and not an unregulated “downstream” operation.
These Global Sightholder companies are carefully selected by the big mining companies (Alrosa, De Beers, Rio Tinto and Diavik) for upholding industry-leading standards of professionalism, and ethical and sustainable practices. The big diamond mines are located in Botswana, Namibia, Canada, Russia and South Africa.
ETHICAL AND TRACEABLE SOURCING OF OUR GEMSTONES IS AT THE HEART OF WHAT WE DO.
COLOURED GEMSTONES. TRANSPARENT AND ETHICAL SOURCING
MINIMAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, MAXIMUM VISUAL APPEAL
All of our sapphires and spinels are sourced from small-scale, independent artisanal mines in both developed countries such as Australia and Montana (USA), and developing countries such as Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Madagascar. Artisanal miners work independently in small groups, using low environmental impact hand held tools and minimal machinery.
TIGHT & TRUSTED SUPPLY CHAIN
We limit our supply chain as much as possible by buying either directly from the miners, the gemstone cutters, or local trusted brokers who work directly with the miners. Hamish has formed strong relationships with our trusted suppliers in each mining area to ensure that the mining operations follow ethical practices.
When taking on new suppliers he is always thorough to cross check new suppliers with our existing trusted supplier network to ensure we are working only with people who uphold the same values as we do.
SUPPORTING LOCAL ECONOMIES & COMMUNITIES
Ethical sourcing of gemstones from developing countries can significantly support the livelihoods and economies of local communities, where independent artisanal mining provides an additional source of income to traditional farming.
For instance in Nigeria, where the majority of miners are farmers who mine sapphires during the dry season. The profits they make from selling sapphires go directly back into their families, farms and local community.
Our Gemologist has a special connection to Colombia, having lived there for 4 years, forming invaluable connections in the emerald industry.
We are lucky enough to have a small selection of emeralds ethically sourced directly from the legendary Muzo mine in Boyaca, Colombia. Muzo emeralds are completely mine to market, with the rough being extracted, cut and polished internally.
Muzo is an industry leader in its commitment to social, ethical and environmental responsibility—you could say these gemstones are almost as 'green' as their lush green hue.