Sustainable and Ethical FINE JEWELRY

Pear Diamond Engagement Rings

Making a Commitment

to offer sustainable fine jewelry via e-commerce is overwhelmingly complicated and more than a little convoluted.

You may be aware of the controversy in the fashion industry. Well, the jewelry industry and fashion share lots of elements, like supply chain considerations and overconsumption. However, the jewelry industry adds yet another ethical and eco complexity to consider—mining. I am committed to

  • Use suppliers that follow the Kimberly Process protocol
  • Work with non-conflict stones
  • Hand make our production using artisanal methods that are non-toxic and with low energy requirements
  • Use recycled metals as much as possible
  • Upcycle materials
  • Use recycled or recyclable packaging

Sustainable and ethical jewelry means transparent and responsible sourcing practices and use of sustainable materials. It has a minimal impact on the environment, isn’t involved with conflict, and gives back to workers by way of fair wages and safe working environments.

 

Ethically and Sustainably Sourced

Sourcing is a complex activity in the jewelry business and the reality is I only have control of selection of suppliers that I believe adhere to my beliefs. The reality is that a fundamental component of ethical production is supply chain transparency. In the jewelry industry, supply chains are long and complex, causing the shift to sustainability jewelry making extremely challenging.  None the less, I consider these guiding principles when selecting suppliers. 

Handmade Sustainable Jewelry

Natural Diamond Ethics & Sustainability

A fundamental component of ethical production is supply chain transparency. In the jewelry industry, supply chains are long and complex, causing the shift to sustainable jewelry making extremely challenging.  

Because most metals and minerals come out of the ground, often in the poorest regions on earth or war zones, and pass-through multiple hands on their way to market, traceability has been difficult to unravel and accountability almost impossible to impose.  Jewelry supply chains cross continents and involve thousands of steps and participants; mineral and metal mining often happens in remote areas in extremely informal settings; a multitude of languages and cultures complicate business practices and relationships; and it is an industry that is very traditional and has been slow to change in many regards.

De Beers Best Practice Principles

Lisa Robin offers diamonds purchased primarily from De Beers Global via term contracts to suppliers known as Sightholders. The sightholders, source rough diamonds from responsible mines in Canada, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Russia, which we purchase after they have been cut and polished.

The BPPs ensure that all De Beers Group diamonds can be trusted to be conflict-free, abide by international human rights frameworks and labor regulations, alongside further rigorous ethical, social and environmental requirements.

 

These standards apply throughout the mined diamond value chain from exploration to retail, not only within own operations but as a mandatory requirement for all those doing business with De Beers. Each year, every entity must provide a self-assessment against every relevant standard.

 

BPP also provides a means of checking compliance with requirements relating to anti-money laundering and terrorism financing activities. De Beers abides by The Kimberley Process which is an agreement put in place to eliminate the trade of conflict diamonds across international borders.

Ethically sourced natural diamonds.
Lab created diamonds for engagement rings.

Lab Grown Ethics & Sustainability

Lab-grown Stones: Technology is helping to increase sustainable jewelry making and ethics in the jewelry market by offering alternatives to the traditionally-mined stones. Lab-grown stones – both colored stones and diamonds - are gaining acceptability in the diamond market and among consumers, who arguably might be driving demand. 


Lisa Robin’s Lab Grown diamonds are grown above ground in a controlled environment with a very minimal carbon footprint. They are also naturally conflict-free. The rough for our Lab Grown diamonds originates in the US, Russia, and India. Lab Grown diamonds are also referred to as lab created diamonds and are identified as such in Lisa Robin product descriptions.

METALS sustainability

Refiners and designers around the world have embraced recycled materials as a response to the call for jewelry options. Lisa Robin also uses recycled metals in the production of our products. When we up cycle existing jewelry we recycle metals from the old jewelry.

More About Upcycling Jewelry

Carbon Neutrality

Lisa Robin, by the nature of being an e-commerce company, has an impact on the environment. Though my studio operations have a minimal carbon environmental impact, the fact that I ship orders throughout the USA does have an impact. I care about affecting that impact in a positive way. Let me explain.

 

For every package shipped, roughly one kilogram of carbon is emitted into the atmosphere. This calculation isn’t an exact science, but our data team came to this estimate based on factors like average travel distance, travel method, and package weight. What does this mean? One kilogram of carbon is the equivalent of leaving a 43-watt lightbulb on for a day and a half. The impact may sound small, but it is still affecting our environment.

Amazon rainforest carbon emission offsets

Jari Pará Forest Conservation Project

For each package shipped, Lisa Robin offsets carbon emissions by investing in the Jari Pará Forest Conservation Project in the Amazon rainforest. This project covers 496,988 hectares of tropical forest in Brazil, an area the size of the state of Delaware, protecting more than 2,400 species of flora and fauna within it.

Brazil Nut Concession Forest Conservation Project

In addition, if you make a purchase using Shop Pay (a payment solution by our e-commerce platform, Shopify), they will offset the shipment of your package via the Brazil Nut Concession Forest Conservation Project, which protects more than 291,566 hectares of tropical forest in Peru and will prevent 14.5 million tons of CO2 emissions. This project is made up of 143 parcels of land operated by 377 Brazil nut farmers.

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