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What is Recycled Metal?

A client recently told me that she was worried that 'recycled metal' meant that the jewelry would have a rough, unfinished look to it. In reality, recycled metal can have whatever finish you desire, the same way newly mined metal can! Calling it 'recycled' simply refers to the fact that the metal has been re-refined from a previous use (jewelry, electronics, etc.), as opposed to newly mined ore. Diamonds aren't the only concerning element of jewelry when it comes to ethical and environmental impact. Fine metal mining (gold, silver, and platinum) in particular can be devastating to the environment - toxic chemicals (mercury contamination, anyone?), deforestation, and humanitarian concerns are all major issues. Many gold mines dump their toxic waste directly into...

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The Sourcing of Our Canadian Origin Diamond Melee

We're extremely picky about the ethical sourcing of our materials. Whether or not you've seen the movie Blood Diamond, you know that the materials used in fine jewelry can come with a hefty ethical pricetag - but they don't have to! One thing we do to make sure that every single aspect of our jewelry is sourced to the highest environmental and humanitarian standards is to use only Canadian Origin Diamond Melee. But what exactly does that mean, and why does it matter? Diamonds were discovered in Canada in the 1990s, and Canada is now the third largest producer of diamonds in the world. CanadaMark is a special hallmark created to distinguish diamonds sourced from the Ekati and Diavik mines in...

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