"BACK IN 2005, WHILST RESEARCHING ETHICAL JEWELLERY FOR MY MASTERS AT CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS, I WAS TOLD BLUNTLY TO MY FACE BY A DIAMOND DEALER IN LONDON:
At Lebrusan Studio we're dedicated to sourcing the finest materials, mined and created only through sustainable practices. We look at all the options available to us to find the most socially, environmentally and culturally responsible sources. In doing so, we unite our clients with jewels to be proud of; just as beautiful on the inside as on the outside.
The level of destruction that gold mining is responsible for has been well documented in the last 10-15 years, and we believe that it's our responsibility as a manufacturer of jewels to work towards a better future. As one of the UK’s very first Fairtrade Gold licencees back in 2011, we're passionate about sustaining individuals and communities, animals and marine life. That's why we're advocates for ethical sourcing, from sustainable metals to traceable, conflict-free diamonds and fair traded coloured gemstones.
Our jewellery is produced using only gold, silver and platinum that's been sustainably sourced, causing no damage to human life and having minimal impact on the environment.
There are a number of different sustainable metal options available. We've chosen the following...
Arabel Lebrusan's first approach to sustainable metals was the use of 100% recycled gold, silver and platinum back in 2008. This was the starting point for a future revolution. Questioning refiners on where their metal came from wasn't easy, but it worked. Arabel managed to source her first 100% post-consumer recycled gold and silver, and has been using those ever since.
Unlike other jewellers, our metals come directly from a 100% certified and single recycled source. Even the other metals included in the alloys are recycled. When you order a piece cast in recycled metal, you're not supporting the use and abuse of our natural resources because you're avoiding the need for further mining.
We use 100% recycled silver in 80% of our silver jewels and we're working towards using it in all of them.
We use 100% recycled gold in all of our recycled gold jewels and in most of our wedding rings.
We use 100% recycled platinum in all of our platinum jewels.
Please refer to each item description to find detailed metal information. If you can't find the info you're looking for and would like to know more, just drop us an email - we're always happy to help.
Through our Fairtrade certification, we can guarantee that the gold in our jewellery is responsibly and ethically sourced. By choosing Fairtrade Gold, you're making real a difference to artisanal and small-scale miners, their families and their communities, by providing them with financial security and decent working conditions. They also receive additional funding for education and health and environmental projects that further improve their quality of life.
To prove that your jewel is made with Fairtrade Gold it will come with an official hallmark from the Assay Office London, which assures you of the origin. Our current Fairtrade Gold comes from Peru's Sotrami Mine, in mountains south of Lima and Cusco.
Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold from empowered and responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organisations. It transforms mining into an active force for good, ensuring social development and environmental protection, for gold to be proud of.
Fairmined Ecological Gold is produced under the same strict standard for responsible mining as Fairmined Gold in terms of social, organisational and economic criteria - but there's one difference. Whilst regular Fairmined Gold is produced with responsible management and reduction of toxic chemicals like mercury and cyanide, miners producing Fairmined Ecological Gold don't use any toxic chemicals at all in their extraction processes.
This is why we love Fairmined Ecological Gold: conflict-free, mercury-free and cyanide-free. What can be better than this? If you want to be part of the story and spoil yourself a little with gold to be proud of, browse our beautifully jewellery made with Fairmined Ecological Gold.
To reassure you that your jewel's been cast in Fairmined Ecological Gold, it's stamped with an official hallmark at the Assay Office London, certifying its provenance.
Our current Fairmined Ecological Gold comes from Mongolia, from the Xamodx Mine.
We're committed to sourcing ethical diamonds and gemstones, the mining of which we know hasn't resulted in environmental damage or violation of human rights. Stones can travel through the hands of many dealers until they reach their final destination in a beautiful piece of jewellery. For us, it's vital that we can trace ours back through these long and fragmented journeys to their source. Knowing a diamond's country and mine of origin is key to defining its sustainable credentials.
We work with carefully selected and trusted diamond suppliers to ensure that the stones we use in our pieces are always conflict-free. Regardless of size, all of our diamonds are Kimberley Certified; a label set up in 2003 to prevent blood diamonds from entering the market.
Nearly all of the newly-mined diamonds we set in our sparkling pieces are traceable Canadian diamonds. These traceable stones arrive accompanied with a GIA certificate or similar and are engraved with the Canada Mark, an independently verified certification that assures you the diamond is of Canadian origin.
On the rare occasion that we can't source you a stone from Canada because of size or cut availability, what we use instead are traceable and conflict-free African diamonds, mined in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. These come from DeBeers mines and are segregated throughout the supply chain in special parcels so their specific origin can be assured. We call these semi-traceable diamonds.
If stone origin and traceability are your main concerns, then a newly-mined diamond of Canadian or African origin is the choice for you.
Global warming has reached crisis point. That’s why we're trying to incorporate into our pieces, now more so than ever before, gemstones already above the ground. No matter how fairly traded or carefully sourced, newly mined materials use up valuable resources. It’s vital that we slow down the rate at which we’re consuming water, land and energy. We'll never stop supporting small-scale miners, because they still need an income. But it's time to start striking a balance.
Alongside our newly-mined, conflict-free diamonds of Canadian and African origin, expect to start seeing beautiful recycled diamonds available to you when shopping our jewels.
By the nature of vintage, our reclaimed diamonds don't come with origin assured. We understand that this lack of traceability doesn't sit comfortably with everyone, and that's fine. The beauty of recycling diamonds, however, is in minimising the need for further mining - offering a beautiful unearthed gem a second lease of life instead. If environmental sustainability is your priority, recycled diamonds are the choice for you.
All of our reclaimed diamonds come with an assurance of quality from our supplier and are thoroughly checked by our in-house gemmologist. Thorough assessment in the first instance ensures that scratches and marks are minimal.
The recycled diamonds we offer are either early modern brilliant cut or transitional cut. These antique cuts of diamond boast a depth of sparkle that cannot be matched by the surface sparkle of a modern cut diamond; they draw the eye inward. Because most antique diamonds are cut by hand, they possess an individuality and character that can’t be emulated. Each reclaimed stone is unique and full of personality; and we love them for that.
Our beautiful Fair-traded gemstones are mined using best practice principles, with environmental protection, fair labour conditions and community benefit of the utmost importance. Our suppliers ensure a fully transparent and certified supply chain, allowing us to trace each and every stone back to its source.
All of our sapphires are fully traceable and originate from either Australia, Malawi or the US. Our rubies come from Malawi as well.
When you buy an engagement ring with a coloured gemstone, we'll provide a certificate of authentication so you know exactly where your beautiful gem came from.
Arabel's passion for ethical jewellery led her to speak at TEDx Bedford on the subject, delivering a compelling argument for the necessity of ethically sourced materials.