Ethics

Ebba Goring Jewellery collections are handmade in the UK from predominantly recycled precious metal and hallmarked at Edinburgh Assay Office. Ebba is a member of the Fairtrade Goldsmiths Scheme and has chosen to offer Fairtrade gold whenever possible, all 18ct gold pieces are now made in Fairtrade Gold as standard.
Fairtrade Gold has a traceable supply chain not available when using regular sources.
“An estimated 100 million people worldwide rely on small-scale mining for their livelihoods and to support their families and communities. Small-scale miners often work long days and in difficult and sometimes hazardous conditions.  There are serious health risks associated with the improper handling of toxic mercury and cyanide, which can be used in the extraction process. Miners struggle to attract the finance or generate sufficient profits needed to invest in their operations or safer, more efficient technology.
 
Small-scale miners are at the end of long and complex supply chains and for those working in remote locations, it can be difficult to sell their gold at a fair price.  For Fairtrade Gold, miners receive a guaranteed Fair Minimum Price and a Premium to spend on improving their businesses or on community projects, such as education, clean water and healthcare. Fairtrade certification means these small scale-miners meet Fairtrade Standards. This can help them to improve their mining and business practices as well as open the market to generate more sales on better terms. The Standards include strict requirements on working conditions, health and safety, handling chemicals, women’s rights, child labour and protection of the environment.” Fairtrade.org. 

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We deal with a small selection of reputable diamond and gemstones suppliers that source in an ethical and environmentally responsible manner, adhering to the Kimberley Process.
 
For orders including gemstones we will often order in a selection of stones which you can either select from at the studio or we can then photograph for you to choose from via email. For more information on stones please feel free to contact Ebba, who is happy advise on the different suitability of a particular gemstone and their characteristics.

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