ethics & environment
I personally hand craft each piece of jewellery in my Northcote studio. I work locally with gem setters, gem dealers and other jewellery trades people.
I source gemstones from a small collection of trusted suppliers both locally and overseas. Countries with high levels of government regulation have the most ethically sourced gems. All diamonds purchased from overseas comply with the UN Kimberely Regulations which proves they are conflict free. I regularly work with heirloom gemstones which are recycled into new pieces for my clients. I often sell old gold on my clients behalf to be refined and recycled.
All of my pieces are made via the lost wax casting process which means there is minimal material wastage. The lost wax casting process utilises 100% refined and recycled gold & silver. The gold is sourced from two Australian refineries who ulilise a mixture of gold from Australian and international origin. I don’t use any dangerous or toxic chemicals in my studio. My business uses 100% green electricity. My superannuation is invested with Australian Ethical Super.
I am a sole trader and my small business makes monthly donations (which equates to about 10% of overall profits) to the Australian Conservation Foundation who protect the environment, the World Wildlife Fund Australia who help protect endangered species and habitats, Bush Heritage who partner with Aborigional people to protect landscapes and native species and to the Australian Red Cross who provide humanitarian aid.
To view my custom jewellery and latest works please click on the link to instagram at the bottom of this page.
Arts Projects Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
ArtStart Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
The Wurundjeri Woiwurrung people are the traditional first nations owners of the land which I live, work, and play and I recognise their ongoing connection to the land and waters.
I have taken a practical step towards sovereignty and started paying the rent. https://paytherent.net.au/about-us/
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