I purchase raw materials, like chains, wire, sheet metal, diamonds and colored gemstones, from wholesale suppliers and manufacturers in California, Louisiana, New York, and Virginia.
Recycled* precious metals
I seek out recycled gold, silver and platinum for my work and choose to support companies that oversee refining and manufacturing in their facilities in the USA.
Two of my metals suppliers are SCS Global Services certified for 100% recycled precious metal. Two others are smaller, family-owned businesses that aren't certified but offer transparency.
*It's worth noting: recycled metal is currently a hot topic in greenwashing discussions. High-value metals like gold and platinum have always been refined and repurposed by the jewelry industry, and we now understand mining has continued to thrive despite this fact. It's important to know the past life, so to speak, of the metals to judge the impact. For example, bullion consisting of newly-mined gold that sat in a bank vault is barely a step removed from mining as compared to jewelry previously worn for years, or gold salvaged from tech e-waste bound for landfill.
I'm in the process of getting Fairmined gold certified. I hope to make it available in 2024!
Reclaimed natural diamonds
I have two trusted suppliers for natural diamonds.
For custom design projects—like engagement rings—that require larger diamonds, I source post-consumer reclaimed. High-quality, secondhand diamonds are widely available in many shapes and come with a GIA grading report.
Smaller diamonds, typically ones under 5mm, are relatively easy to source in popular shapes such as round brilliant and princess cut. Finding fancy shapes, like baguette and marquise, in specific dimensions can be challenging. In situations where post-consumer reclaimed diamonds are unavailable, I will use deadstock diamonds. Sometimes, those diamonds are re-cut to fit the needs of the project.
Lab grown diamonds
For certified diamonds (i.e., ones with an official grading report), I let my clients choose the source that best aligns with their budget and values. These diamonds are typically 1.0ct or larger.
- Supplier 1 is a wholesaler that sources lab grown diamonds from around the world. The degree of sustainability varies from growing facilities powered by non-renewable energy (typically coal) to SCS Global Services certified facilities rated on their origin traceability, ethical stewardship, net zero carbon footprint, sustainable production practices, and sustainability investments in their community and the environment.
- Supplier 2 is a diamond grower in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Their facilities use hydropower, a renewable energy source, to power their growth operations.
- Supplier 3 is a B Corp certified diamond grower based in New York City, but their operations are global. They employ atmospheric carbon capture methods and renewable energy-powered equipment to grow their diamonds—additionally, carbon credits offset other emissions.
Smaller diamonds—emphasis on 0.2ct or less—are primarily created using non-renewable energy. This is the industry-wide standard at the moment.
You've probably noticed I don't typically use colored gemstones in my work. That's a personal design choice. Now and then, I'll release exclusive designs set with gemstones I've acquired through past redesign projects with my clients. I can vouch for a stone's post-consumer reclaimed status because my hands removed them from unwanted jewelry.
I also have access to reclaimed and lab grown colored gemstones through wholesale suppliers. Since sourcing colored gemstones isn't my specialty, I can't make guarantees, but I'll try my best!