Ethos

I believe that every purchase you make is a vote for the kind of world you want to live in. We are committed to consciously and ethically sourcing our raw materials in order to minimize environmental impact and social harm. 

Our Goals:

Ethically sourced metals. This means using recycled metals whenever possible, and using no newly mined metal that has not come from a fair-mined source. We support artisanal mining that is clean, ethical in its labor practices, and kind to the environment. We are proud to say we use only recycled and fairmined metals in our designs. 

Ethically sourced gemstones. The market for traceable, ethical gems is relatively new. Rough gemstones can trade hands many times before they reach the jeweler, making tracing sometimes difficult. We however, recognize the profound importance of responsible sourcing, especially as our business continues to grow. We do our best to do no harm, by working with gem dealers who are close in the supply chain to the source mine and who are enthusiastically transparent about their practices. We are critical of "too good to be true" prices, and avoid stones that come from regions that are known to have questionable or dangerous mining practices.

Over the past year we have developed relationships with ethical suppliers of an amazing variety of gems, some of whom can tell you the name of the miner who pulled the stone from the ground, and even every person who handled the gem from mine to market. This means we now have access to beautiful and ethically sourced Sapphires, Spinels, Tourmaline, Opals, Garnets, Emeralds, Diamonds and more. Although we go to lengths to ensure our gems are legally and ethically imported, not all are traceable to their source mine. If you would like us to source a mine-traced, recycled, or lab-grown gemstone for a custom piece, please reach out to bespoke@jenniferhillyer.com

Post-consumer recycled, recyclable, and biodegradable packaging. Our packaging materials are currently all recycled, recyclable, and/or biodegradable, including the plastic baggies, paper tape, box fill, envelopes, business cards, and stickers that we use on and in our boxes when shipping to you. The only exception is our luxe jewelry box, which is intended to be used and re-used for the storage of your jewelry over a lifetime. If you prefer to opt-out of receiving this box with your purchase, please make note at time of checkout.

 

We are committed to responsible practices, and to growing and evolving as the industry changes. If you have any recommendations for how we can improve, please reach out to info@jenniferhillyer.com. We value your feedback!

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