In this article, we are going to discuss the importance of investing in sustainable raw materials for your jewellery business.
Gemstones are natural beauties used in jewellery designs and are found like treasure hunts. Expertise, time, and equipment are needed to complete the harmful extraction processes on the surface or underground. With the number of sustainable businesses out there, you may be considering making your jewellery business sustainable. When it comes to sustainability in business, companies are transparent about their processes, minimize their environmental footprint, and watch the effect their business has on the environment to make a positive impact. Sustainability is important in the present so the future generations can still meet needs. It can be difficult to find raw materials, like gemstones, that are eco-friendly and do not cause any kind of controversy that is associated with blood diamonds. Here are some details on selecting sustainable gemstones and other eco-friendly material alternatives.
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Sustainable raw materials are sourced, mined, and processed without threatening the community it is from. Raw materials, like gemstones and precious metals, are the backbone for most jewellery designs. Mining for these resources takes a toll on the environment. Laws are in place to help regulate mining, but it is still destructive to the surrounding areas.
The size of mining and methods used will determine the impact but generally, the land is damaged from tree removal, and wildlife is left to suffer. If there is not proper disposal of toxic waste, nearby air and water pollution can occur. To help narrow down the gemstones and additional materials you select based on sustainability, you must know the types of mining.
The big three jewels, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, are always stars of the show that have made the top of the gemstone list for years. Consumers value these precious stones for their elegance, rarity, durability and intense, rich colors. A lot of time and effort goes into mining these gems, and can be extremely hard to find, at times. Though the impacts for mining vary based on the techniques used, the process is similar for most gemstones.
In addition to gemstone mining, metal mining can be destructive to the surrounding areas. Gold, in particular, is one of the most pollution-causing metals when extracted. The byproduct is full of toxic metals, leaving a dirty mess if not properly disposed of.
When deciding upon your raw materials, you may want to do without out these materials. In the next section, we will discuss selecting gemstones that do not have much of a lasting impact on the environment.
Gemstones are natural beauties that are cherished by many in jewellery designs. You may not want to completely give up using gemstones in your pieces, and there can be a way to do that while being cautious. If you are looking to get serious about your jewellery business’ sustainability, here are some things to look for when selecting environmentally friendly gemstones.
If you are not directly sourcing gemstones from the mine, invest in a supplier that has done their research with the background of each stone. Finding a sustainable, transparent source will take time and will require investigation. The cost will be worth it, if you are willing to put in the effort.
Material sourcing can be difficult when it comes to finding high-quality, affordable and sustainable materials, and it does require skill to find sources. It is important to consider these things when looking for resources that will not leave a significant negative impact on the environment. If you decide to forgo using natural gemstones, there are other options that are sustainable and can give you the gemstone look. These will be discussed in the next section.
How do you make jewellery eco-friendly? One thing to consider is using sustainable materials. A number of jewelers use environmentally friendly materials to create a unique design. Some examples of materials include natural clay, wood, sea glass, and cork to replace gemstones and even leather. Below we are going to discuss each one.
Look into repurposing or recycling materials to ensure nothing goes to waste. There are so many materials that can be recycled. From metals to bottle caps, and plastics, you can use these recycled materials and shape them into pendants. Instead of purchasing new spools of metal chain, use antique chain or recycled metals instead. When it comes to recycled metal chain, these metals are not dirty, tarnished pieces of metal. They are scrap pieces of metal that are melted down and remade into shiny, new pieces. This eliminates the energy involved with extracting precious metals and is a cheaper alternative. Another option are glass beads. Similar to the sea glass found in the ocean, these are made from recycled glass.
You may be thinking these natural materials do not match current trends or styles in your jewellery business. You may also be thinking these materials can look tacky and cheap, but after putting careful thought and hard work into creating them, you can make impressive, eye-catching pieces. Large pendant necklaces might not interest you or your customers because of the boldness that comes along with them. Making earrings out of these materials will be more subtle. Carrying out a new line that is eco-friendly is a way to start reshaping your business. Just think, you will not be adding to the problem when using these materials.
Sustainability is not just for green companies and can be used in any industry. Gemstone mining processes negatively affect the environment and leave land desolate. Some gemstones are crowd favorites and continue to be admired, but you do not have to completely give up these valued gemstones to be eco-friendly. Instead, pick man-made gemstones that are high-grade and made with the same physical composition as natural gemstones. Replace existing jewellery designs with eco-friendly materials that can look like gemstones. It is possible to change your brand identity and focus on sustainability, if you take the time. Customers are caring more about the origin of their products and will appreciate your business effort in becoming sustainable and helping the environment. Who knows, you may start a new jewellery trend with your unique designs.
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