Ethical Jewelry- What We Do
It is by no mistake that we go to great lengths to ensure that we are creating ethical jewelry you can feel good about wearing.
Beth’s designs are crafted to intentionally reduce scraps and waste to a minimum. We even save all dust pans full of sweeps and scraps which every few years we send off to be refined back into usable metal.
Using Recycled Metals
Mining precious metals can mean blasting mile wide holes in the earth’s surface. This destroys natural habitats which has a trickle down affect on ecosystems more complex than most of us can imagine. In addition harsh chemicals are often used which pollute the environment for all life. Using recycled metals majorly reduces the amount of environmental destruction associated with mining.
These are a few of the reasons why we make it a priority to use only recycled metals. Our silver, copper, brass, and gold are derived from things like unwanted jewelry and electronics. Using metals that are already in circulation cuts down on mining and the destruction it can cause.
Some of the complications that come with purchasing diamonds that are not conflict free include violence within diamond mines and mining communities, unfair or forced labor, and environmental destruction.
These issues amplify when additional mining is deemed necessary instead of reusing the bounty of already mined materials.
We use only certified recycled diamonds. Most of our diamonds come from previously made jewelry. The remainder of our diamonds such as the rose cut rustic diamond are recycled industrial diamonds. Industrial diamonds are used in processes like drilling and cutting and are usually discarded once they have served for a given amount of time.
Our stones are purchased from a reputable vendor who tests, grades and re-introduces the stones into the supply chain where we are able to then incorporate them into gorgeous new pieces.
In addition to sourcing our materials from companies who abide by strong ethics, we are a company with strong ethics. It is very important to us to maintain a business that is beneficial to its employees, community, and environment.
Our products are made in the USA in an artisanal studio located in Marquette, MI. We have a staff which has grown from one to eight people alongside the growth of the business. Beth Millner Jewelry employees are paid fair wages for our time. Our work environment is safe, healthy, and flexible so that we may all tend to our needs outside the office.
(Pictured above is our staff minus Nina our full-time Studio Assistant)
We understand that our daily activities impact the world around us and because of this have grown this business from a foundation of strong ethical practices. Follow more of our daily activities on Facebook and Instagram!
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