Ethical Jewelry- What We Do - Beth Millner Jewelry

Ethical Jewelry- What We Do

December 11, 2017

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.

Eco-conscious Designs

Eco-conscious sustainable designs by Beth Millner Jewelry

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

Recycled Metal Jewelry by Beth Millner Jewelry

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.

Ethical Diamonds

Ethical Diamond Jewelry by Beth Millner Jewelry

 

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.

Business Standards

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.

Quality Labor practices by Beth Millner Jewelry

(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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Sizing
Ring Sizing

Purchase this ring sizer to help determine your ring size. This sizing tool is most accurate for double band rings and bands 6mm and under.

Fingers can change size due to many circumstances, the best way to get an accurate size is to check the size a couple of different times to determine your best size. The majority of our rings can be resized, but if the ring has a stone setting other than a diamond, it probably cannot be resized unless otherwise noted in the item listing.

Some of our rings with stones are shown with the stone not set in order for us to size the ring to your specifications and set the stone afterwards. This avoids damage to the stone during sizing. Reference the individual ring listings for more details. Wide Bands 7mm and above have more friction against the finger and will need to be ordered a little larger.

Our double band rings fit like a narrow band, when getting sized for a double band ring, you can get sized for a ring that is narrow.

When getting your finger sized, inform jeweler of the width band you are intending on purchasing and rely on them to determine your ring size.

Look here for more information about resizing items that you have already received.

Engagement Ring Sizing

Purchase this ring sizer to help determine your ring size. This sizing tool is most accurate for double band rings and bands 6mm and under.

There are many sneaky options for getting the size right, but the best way is to have their finger sized by a professional.

You may be able to sneak one of their rings and bring it into a jewelry store and ask to check the size.

Beth Millner Jewelry has wish lists too, so they could come in to the store and fill out a wish list and hopefully they provides their ring size.

Bracelet & Cuff Sizing

Measure wrist circumference. Take your measurement just above the wrist above bone.

Use the chart below to determine the correct size.

The bracelets we make are designed to fit comfortably, but if a looser fit is preferred, the next size up may be suitable.


 

Beth Millner Jewelry Bracelet Sizing Beth Millner Jewelry Bracelet Sizing

 

Size Wrist Measurement (Inches) Wrist Measurement (cm)
Small 5.5-6 14-15
Medium 6-6.5 15-16.5
Large 6.5-7 16.5-18
X-Large 7-7.5 18-19
XX-Large 7.5-8 19-20.5
Bangle Sizing

Bangle Size is determined by hand size, rather than wrist size

Measure hand size by tucking your thumb in, just like when trying on a bangle. Measure around the thickest part of the hand while in this position.

Use the chart below to determine the correct bangle size.

Bangle Bracelet Sizing Beth Millner Jewelry Bangle Bracelet Sizing Beth Millner Jewelry
Size Hand Measurement (inches) Hand Measurement (cm)
Small 7-8 18-20
Medium 8-9 20-23
Large 9-9.5 23-24
Pendant & Earring Sizing

When determining the size of pendant or earrings you would like to purchase, please reference the item description which includes the size of the piece.

Also, there will be an image with a hand in the picture to help visualize the size.

When choosing a piece for another person, we find that our customers choose pieces that are similar to their overall stature.

People that are shorter and small tend to like smaller items, tall slender people tend to like our longer larger pieces.

Chain Length

When picking out a chain, 18 inch is the most common length.

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Beth Millner Jewelry chain length