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Responsibly sourced jewellery is a noble goal

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Responsibly sourced jewellery is a noble goal

Jul 13, 2022

Jewellery plays a significant role in our lives. It carries emotional and personal significance. Whether it is diamonds, gemstones, or precious metals, there is now a constant demand for “responsibly sourced jewellery” among different segments of consumers. So, what exactly is “responsibly sourced jewellery”?

A broader perspective

When it comes to responsibly sourced jewellery, there are important points attached to the process of identifying exactly what pieces can be defined as being ‘responsibly sourced’. The term can involve the non-involvement of child labour in mining gemstones or creating jewellery pieces, it can include eco-friendly practices, and can also include not using materials that have been provided by rebel groups. 

The crux of being able to define a piece of jewellery as ‘responsibly sourced’ is to meet the elementary benchmarks of social and environmental liability, including risk management throughout the supply chain. Destructive environmental practices are to be avoided at all costs. Laborers will have to be treated fairly according to the international labour standards.

Therefore, when a consumer asks for 'responsibly sourced jewellery', their understanding could be different from yours. In response to the increasing demand, manufacturers, retailers, and fabricators are constantly seeking the best alternatives that are ethically sourced and have minimal impact on the environment.

The positive aspect

The positive aspects of responsibly sourced jewellery shows around 90 percent of global mining of metals is carried out by artisanal miners or small-scale miners. Artisanal mining is referred to as subsistence mining. It is the practice of mining through manual means. Workers use tools like shovels and picks. Millions of people are mining this way, and a million others are dependent on this activity either in employment or opportunities to hone their skills.

Considering there is no autonomous definition of 'responsible sourcing', if you are concerned about whether or not your jewellery is responsibly sourced, you can check with an official organisation like the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) for things to look out for. 

The RJC’s code of practice covers all the fundamentals required in manufacturing gold, silver and other metals. The RJC helps ensure that responsibility standards and guidelines are endorsed across the worldwide jewellery supply chain. 

Regardless of what standards are set by these organizations, it is essential to understand what these responsible resources are and what positives and negatives will emerge from your purchasing decision.

If you are interested in having your own bespoke piece of responsibly sourced jewellery made, contact our atelier on +65 6733 4100 to book an appointment or email bespoke@thejewelbox.com