Sustainability in the Jewelry Industry

Sustainability in the Jewelry Industry

Doreen Moriarty |

While wearing your favourite piece of jewelry your first thought is probably not about the often-rigorous process involved or the environmental, social and economic implications that arise from creating jewelry. However, it has been found that over 80% of consumers said that companies' ethical standards mattered to them, and many people are willing to pay more for products with higher ethical standards.  

At Brian de Staic, ethical standards are highly important. In fact, Brian de Staic jewelry is made with 100% recycled gold and silver. In addition, all the jewelry is tested and hallmarked by the Assay office in Dublin Castle. All the stones are ethically sourced and fair wages in superb conditions on the shores of Dingle Bay are ensured. Finally, all of Brian de Staic’s jewellers are trained by the master goldsmith and engraver himself, Brian de Staic.  

Brian de Staic jewelry also ensure sustainability in the workshop. Every piece of scrap metal is collected in the workshop for recycling. There are two ways that this tasked is fulfilled. Firstly, there are 7 jewelry benches covered in leather skin to collect metal cuttings and dust: the scraps that are collected are sent for recycling every 6 months. Secondly, the workshop floor is brushed every morning and all dust and scraps are collected for recycling: the scraps that are collected are sent for recycling once a year.  

Finally, when making a gold or silver bar, Brian recycles some of the scraps himself. The bar is cut into strips, and the extra strips are rolled until they are thin enough to use as a wire. This wire is then used to make rings and bracelets.  

We’re always thinking of new ways to may our processes more sustainable, so you can wear your favourite Brian de Staic jewelry knowing you are supporting a brand that has high ethical standards and is sustainable.