Say hello to probably one of my latest obsessions: trying to find ethical jewellery. I’m sure you’ve tried as well but haven’t been very successful. Same for me.
Jewellery is such a grey topic for me. I used to be a regular consumer just like anyone else, not thinking much about where my food or my clothing came from. As I turned into a plant-based and cruelty-free lifestyle, I started to consider my purchasing choices more and more. There are some fashion brands out there that are trying to make a change, by offering vegan, sustainable and ethical clothing, as you may have seen from my Christmas Wishlist For The Conscious Consumer. In terms of jewellery, however, I didn’t really care because I just didn’t know much.
Then one day, I got an email from the lovely Suzanne who introduced me to the brand Sacet. At first I was a bit skeptical, as I specialise in fashion and wondered what type of jewellery she was offering. I went into the website and I identified myself with a couple of styles, so I decided to give it a go. Now, I check the website almost every day to see if they have new additions and/or new collections! They look like such a promising brand and I cannot wait to show you all their upcoming collections.
Sacet is a new fine-jewellery brand based out of London and their vision is centred around fairness and making change in the jewellery industry, in particular for the craftspeople based globally and to start with in India.
All of the jewellery is handcrafted in a workshop with fair working conditions rather than a factory and they use 100% recycled silver in all of the products. What is best, is that they have also decided to forgo the usual business model of marking things up to over 10 times what they usually cost to make so that fine jewellery is more accessible and affordable.
The mission of the company is to move the jewellery industry towards a more sustainable approach focused on three things:
- Exclusively luxurious and inclusively priced
- Ethically and consciously crafted
- Jewellery with a purpose
Sacet falls in line with everything I believe in and therefore I am beyond excited to announce my partnership with them!
Among the other things I also love about the company, you can see who exactly made your jewellery, so you can see how they support craftmanship and local businesses.
They also offer free, carbon neutral delivery, and their packaging is made from recycled materials. Can this get any better?
Not only is their silver recycled, but their diamonds and gemstones are ethically sourced, too.
And finally, every product is UK hallmarked, so they are also proudly British!
Why ethically made jewellery?
Jewellery that is ethically responsible, sustainable, eco-friendly and cruelty-free is a more compassionate way to empower yourself. Opting for a lab created stone in line with your values is a far more fulfilling gesture. The UK-made jewellery signifies integrity and morality rather than the wilting and destruction of mined diamonds.
Why ethically sourced diamonds?
What isn’t as sparkling as much as we think is the effect mining that these precious substances has on the world. A Washington Post column on the environmental effects of gold mining noted that an 18-karat wedding band leaves behind 20 tons of ore and waste rock in the process, and the World Diamond Council reports that common environmental challenges from diamond mining include land disturbance, energy use, and biodiversity impacts. All this excludes the human cost of mining in some places as well, epitomised by the now infamous phrase “blood diamond”.
Diamond mining destroys the habitats of endangered species and is responsible for an untold number of human rights abuses past and present. Believing in the mystique and allure of natural diamonds is an outdated and harmful mindset.
Why recycled silver?
Sacet is also committed to using recycled silver in order to help prevent any more damages to the environment. Historically, the silver industry has always recycled. It can be melted down and reused again and again. The problem is getting it out of the ground! So for many in the industry, the only ‘ethical’ silver on the market is deemed so because it is recycled – as if the sins of a first life can be washed away – and ethically reborn. How poetic isn’t it?
Free at home trial
Finally, Sacet also offers free at home trial, for those times when you want to try on the jewellery before making a decision. You can order three pieces of jewellery at home for five days, before you return them with the pre-paid return label. This allows for you to choose pieces that are custom made (myself I am waiting for a ring I had to order bespoke) and to see if the style suits you as well. For more information, click here.
I WAS WEARING
What’s your favourite accessory from this set of jewellery? Let me know in the comments below!
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