Sustainability in Fine Jewelry a Focus for Designers

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In the age of corporate social responsibility and a consumer who is more informed than ever, the topic of sustainability is coming into focus for the hard luxury category. Efforts to provide an industrywide mine-to-market responsible sourcing and traceability solution have yielded some results since the movement to combat conflict diamonds from 15 years ago, including the Kimberley Process, a joint government, industry and civil society initiative to combat conflict diamonds, and the Responsible Jewelry Council, which sets standards and issues certifications for the jewelry trade from mine-to-market. However, sustainability in the jewelry category is a much broader topic, dealing with issues like ensuring that stones don’t contribute to the harm of workers, environmental impact from the mining process, and the use of recycled gold grain for jewelry castings. “There is an emerging appreciation among customers and across the industry for ethically sourced materials with increased transparency on where and how materials are being acquired. As a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council, Net-a-porter is committed to the removal of conflict diamonds from the global supply chain, as well as ensuring that all fine jewelry is hallmarked to guarantee the purity of precious metals,” said Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director at Net-a-porter. Sourcing and ethics

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