I really enjoy taking on unusual commissions and am interested in doing what I can to help the environment.
More people nowadays want to know where materials and stones come from, in particular if they have been sourced in an ethical way. However, it is extremely difficult to trace the origins of what mine the metal came from as there are so many processes and different people involved in the chain of refining the metal to get it to the stage where the jeweller can use it. Sometimes suppliers can’t say where the stones have came from so I was very happy to find a new ethical supplier of Rubies, Spinel, Sapphires and Tanzanite gem stones who could tell me the exact source of the stones as they mined it themselves.
Ruby Fair is a partnership between British Jewellers and Tanzanian Miners where both the miners welfare, the environment and ecology of the land and the final price of the gemstones to you the customer are all given careful consideration. You can buy your Ruby , Sapphire, Spinel and Tanzanite safe in the knowledge that both the miners and the land are given due care and reward.With our own Ruby mine in southern Tanzania we can supply untreated gemstones of the highest quality at a fair price to you.
So when a client got in touch, who was interested in commissioning an engagement ring made in 18ct white gold with an ethically sourced Ruby I knew to get the stone from Ruby Fair.
He had seen previous posts about my past commissions and had seen that had used clients old gold to make something new. Unfortunately he didn’t have his own gold and was doing this as a surprise so couldn’t ask his partner – but asked if I could get Eco gold. So I did some research and found out that my metal supplier Cookson, stocked Eco gold which is gold that has been recycled back via a traceable process into fine gold.
So now that I could get ethical rubies and recycled gold the client could choose a design. He spent quite a bit of time looking at rings online and at my own designs, then gave me some options that he liked. I did some designs combining the aspects and came up with these designs.
This is the completed ring made from 18ct white eco gold and ethical ruby.
So if you have your own gold or old jewellery you no longer wear and would like it transformed into something more contemporary…
Or if you would like something made in Eco gold get in touch.