"What impressed us most was how easy she was to work with... [Adrienne] is the PERFECT choice if you're looking for sustainable materials, ethical sourcing, unique design, and expert craftsmanship (craftsWOmanship)!" -Erin C.
SUSTAINABILITY IN JEWELRY DESIGN
RECYCLED METALS The precious metals we cast and fabricate in are with SCS certified recycled. The metal is not only all recycled, but manufactured precious metal components are refined in the US.
FAIR MINING This newer source of metal mining primarily began as an effort to supply tech companies with more ethically sourced gold and silver components. The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) is working with mines all over the world to certify mines that offer safer practices, environmentally sound techniques, and provide livable wages to miners. While we believe this is a great program, we do not offer this type of metal for the primary reason that the metal is still being mined from the ground which requires a lot of harsh chemicals and water to extract. While there are benefits to this product, we do not think it is the most sustainable approach.
RE-PURPOSED DIAMONDS "A diamond is forever" is absolutely a true statement, but perhaps not in the way you thought. Diamonds that are recycled back into the market are sorted, sometimes re-polished or re-faceted, and sold as good as new. In fact, it happens more often in the jewelry industry than is usually disclosed. We offer a range of sizes and shapes in recycled diamonds. When we supply diamonds that exceed 0.50 carats, they typically come with a certification from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or the American Gem Society (AGS).
CANADIAN DIAMONDS As another option, we offer Canadian diamonds because this country has very strict mining standards. Conditions are safer and environmental damage is minimized and repaired. These diamonds typically come with a Canadian origin certificate as well as a GIA certification.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN We are always looking for ethically sourced gemstones, and we strive to find and provide gems with a known country of origin whenever possible. Our favorite sources are helping to improve conditions for miners and improve environmental standards around the world. While country of origin is a great start, we strive, when possible, to work with gem partners who know so much more.
PARTNERS In addition to our own commitment to sustainability, we look for the same in our partnerships. We like doing business with companies that manufacture their products in the US, use recycled and re-purposed materials, have a commitment to fair trade, and whose products and processes are not toxic to humans, animals, or the environment. These partners tend to know the mines, the miners, and the gem cutters. For example: Montana Sapphires sourced and cut by Daniel Canivet, Kenyan and Tanzanian gems sourced by Monica Stephenson of Anza Gems, Recycled metal sourced by Hoover and Strong and fair trade gems by Columbia Gem House, just to name a few.
THE JEWELRY JUNK PILE This is that pile of old jewelry that is comprised of broken jewelry (i.e. single earrings, kinked chains), jewelry from old lovers, and jewelry that has been handed down (sometimes sentimental, sometimes not). No matter where it came from, it has value and can be recycled or re-purposed into something new.
UP-CYCLING There are so many random, amazing pieces of jewelry already in existence, but they have been beaten up, thrown to the side in a pile, or ignored. At Everling, we take found objects, like old plain wedding bands, broken gold chains, and so on and clean those items up. We give them new life as they morph into a new piece of jewelry. Precious metal is incredibly resilient and sometimes it just needs a new perspective and a skilled craftsperson to bring it back to life.
NICKLE AND WHITE GOLD White gold is made by combining/alloying pure 24k yellow gold with a white metal. This is what makes the gold white and it also makes it harder and more wearable. In the United States, you will most commonly find that white gold is alloyed with nickel. There are many things to be said about nickel that we wrote a blog post about it! First, when someone has a metal allergy, nickel is the most common culprit. In addition, working with this metal as a jeweler throws dust and particles in the air that are hazardous to breath, and casting in this metal puts out carcinogenic fumes. In Europe, they have largely banned this type of white gold alloy and instead use a palladium alloy. Palladium is a hypoallergenic, precious metal that is in the same family as platinum. Because of the toxic nature of nickle, the only two types of white gold we offer are 14k palladium white gold and 18k palladium white gold.
RHODIUM PLATING This is not a service we offer due to the gases that are put off during the hydroelectric plating process. This is not only toxic to the jewelers, but storing and disposing of the chemicals and heavy metals is an issue as well. Typically white gold is a metal that gets Rhodium plating in most jewelry stores. We prefer that our clients who want white gold choose that metal for its natural warmth and yellow undertone instead of choosing to rhodium plate.