"Back in 2005, while doing research for my masters at Central Saint Martins on Ethical jewellery I was told bluntly to my face by a diamond dealer in London: “When you work in this trade you sell your soul to the devil”. Well, I don’t believe it has to be this way. Like you, I believe that we can use the beautiful materials that come from the Earth, without harming our blue planet. I believe that by asking questions, simplifying supply chains and sharing knowledge we can achieve this. I am committed to sustainability and traceability of the materials that we use in our jewellery for the long run. I am committed to beautiful jewellery inside out."
Arabel Lebrusan is committed to sourcing the finest materials, mined and created only through sustainable practices. We look at all options available to us to find the most socially, environmentally and culturally responsible sources.
We believe in sustaining individuals and communities as well as animal and marine life, and as a result we are strong proponents of ethical sourcing, from sustainable metal, to traceable diamonds and fair mined precious gemstones.
As one of the UK’s very first Fairtrade Gold licencees, we believe that by creating our jewellery from carefully selected sustainable and traceable materials, we can offer our customers jewellery that is beautiful both inside and out, and most importantly, help make this world a better place.
Our jewellery is produced using only sustainable gold, silver, platinum and other metals. This means that the precious material is mined causing minimal damage to our planet or life; in contrast to open pit gold mining in many developing countries where cyanide is used to blast the rock and which later runs into the water, poisoning marine life.
Through our Fairtrade certification, we guarantee that the gold in our jewellery is responsibly and ethically sourced. By choosing Fairtrade Gold, you are making real a difference to small scale artisan miners, their families and communities, by providing them with financial security as well as decent working conditions. They also receive additional funding for education, health or environmental projects that further improves their lives.
In addition – and in keeping with a growing world-wide trend - our jewellery is also produced from recycled gold, silver and other metals such as platinum. Unlike other jewellers, however, our metals come direct from a 100 per cent certified and single recycled source.
Responsibly mined diamonds and gemstones
As well as ethical metals, we are also committed to sourcing responsibly mined diamonds and gemstones, the mining of which we know has not resulted in environmental damage or human rights violations.
Responsibly Mined Diamonds
For our diamonds, we use carefully selected and trusted suppliers to ensure that our diamonds are conflict-free. Regardless of size, all of our diamonds are all Kimberley Certified, a process set up in 2003 to prevent blood diamonds from entering the diamond market.
Our larger diamonds (0.3ct and above) are Canadian diamonds and arrive accompanied with a GIA certificate or similar. These diamonds also come with the Canada Mark, an independently verified certification that assures you the diamond is of Canadian origin.
Our medium diamonds (2mm+) are traceable conflict-free african diamonds, mined in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Our smaller diamonds (1-2mm) are harder to trace, but we still ensure that they remain conflict-free, and are guaranteed to be by our trusted suppliers.
Our dazzling, vibrant Fair-traded gemstones are mined using best practice principles, with environmental protection, fair labour conditions and community benefit of utmost importance.
Our suppliers ensure a fully transparent and certified supply chain, allowing us to trace each and every stone back completely to its source.
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Arabel's passion for ethical jewellery led her to speak at TEDx Bedford on the subject, delivering a compelling argument for the necessity of ethically sourced materials.