It is very important to us here at We Are Arrow that we produce jewellery that is fairly sourced and ethical in its making.
Our blue, green, and yellow sapphires are from Queensland, Australia. The stones are untreated, ethically mined, and transparently sourced. Our diamond supplier is also an ethical source, and we are happy to provide proof that they follow the Kimberley Process.
We create jewellery via "lost wax casting" -- we carve your piece in wax, it is then used to create a plaster mould which is filled with metal, producing an exact copy of the wax. Our silver and bronze jewellery is made from part-recycled metals, and we are transitioning to casting all our jewellery in 100% recycled metal.
Generally we make all our gold, platinum, and palladium jewellery in 100% recycled metal. We are also certified to work with Fairmined Gold which appears as an option on our Special Offerings.
It is difficult to say whether recycled or fairmined metals are categorically better. With recycled metals no new mining takes place, but we cannot guarantee the provenance of the metal originally. All we know is that it is recycled. Fairmined Gold comes from small and artisanal mines and is environmentally friendly, ethical, socially responsible, and fairly priced, but it is new gold. It's up to you as a buyer to decide which of these sources aligns best with your values.
Get in touch if you have any questions about ethics in jewellery!