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How to buy sustainable jewellery

Increasingly we get asked at Hatton Jewels about sustainable and ethical jewellery, and the practises we carry out to offer our customers the choice and peace of mind when buying their special purchase, whether it be a diamond engagement ring or a pair of earrings. Read on to find out how to buy ethical jewellery, and how we are part of a larger drive towards sustainability across the industry.

 

What is ethical and sustainable jewellery?

Sustainable and ethical jewellery means transparent and responsible sourcing practices and use of sustainable materials. It has a minimal impact on the environment, isn’t involved with conflict, and gives back to workers by way of fair wages and safe working environments. In a nutshell, it’s jewellery that has no negative impact on the people who make it, or the environment they’re produced in. That can mean:

  1. Using materials you can trace back to the source, to ensure they’ve been produced in an ethical way, eg, fair trade materials and conflict-free diamonds
  2. Using recycled materials such as pre-owned gemstones
  3. Ensuring fair wages and working hours and no child labour
  4. Not using practices that pollute or impact the environment in a negative way

 

Why buy ethical jewellery?

With a larger volume of people participating in purchasing ethical jewellery, it results in using less energy which is required to power heavy machinery when unearthing Diamonds. With all of us doing our bit for the environment, it will lead to a more sustainable future. 

 

Buying Fairtrade Gold

Owing to its popularity, gold is a metal which is commonly bought for the purposes of jewellery usage. Fairtrade gold is a fantastic option for anyone looking to guarantee ethical practices have been used in production. When you purchase gold with the Fairtrade Gold stamp you’re making sure the miners in question were given a fair cut. Ask us about fairtrade gold as some of our pre-owned jewellery may not be fairtrade.

 

Buying pre-owned jewellery 

Another way to think about sustainable and ethical jewellery buying is pre-owned jewellery. Buying pre-owned jewellery is the perfect solution for shopping sustainably. Recycled jewellery causes no new damage to the environment and gives new life and longevity to existing pieces. Ultimately, when you opt for pre-owned luxury jewellery you are helping to preserve valuable resources. For every piece of pre-owned jewellery bought, you are reducing the demand for diamond and metal mining, thereby lowering your carbon footprint. 

 

The great thing about luxury jewellery is that it is expertly crafted with high quality materials that last a lifetime. Meaning that your pre-owned luxury jewellery will look just as good as the day you bought it for years to come.

If you’re interested in seeing any of our ethical and sustainable jewellery, simply book an appointment online, or give us a call on 0203 116 0069 and speak to one of our friendly, expert members of staff who can help guide you through any type of jewellery purchase.

We’ve helped thousands of customers over the years design custom rings (with our design your engagement ring service), choose the perfect present for an anniversary, sell jewellery and choose jewellery for many special occasions, so if there is something you’d like but can’t see online, we’re confident we can make it to your exact needs, just get in touch.