ETHICS + SUSTAINABILITY

Bar Jewellery was born from a belief that desirability and sustainability can exist in harmony.

Our ethos is simply that we don’t want to produce products that harm the environment or the people in our supply chain. Every decision that we make, however small is informed by these principles.

We keep a close connection to every piece that we produce, each product starts life in our East London studio and is designed by sculpting wax or by hand forming the solid metal.

All of the jewellery that we produce is currently locally cast and hand finished in London, UK either by our manufacturer or in our own studio. We keep in close contact with our manufacturer and visit every few weeks to pick up orders personally or discuss new designs.

The majority of our pieces are made using the lost wax casting method, one of the oldest known metal forming techniques. The silver that we use for all casting is recycled 925 sterling silver. The metal is sourced from various industries, primarily manufacturers over-production, broken and unwanted jewellery, coins and artefacts which are melted down and refined in Birmingham.

Some of our pieces are constructed using recycled silver wire, which is sourced from a supplier who solely works with recycled silver.

The base metal for our gold plated pieces is recycled silver and we work with a highly skilled plater based in London’s jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden.

Despite the metal being recycled, there is no difference in look, feel or value from regular silver.

In our studio processes, we prefer to use natural alternatives to the strong chemicals used in the jewellery production process where possible.

In some cases, we have been unable to source suppliers for verified recycled chains or small component parts. We are constantly sourcing and researching sustainable materials and focussed on improving as our resources grow.

As much as possible our boxes, packaging and all of our printed material are recycled. Where this has not been possible, it is sourced from sustainable forests, where trees are felled and replaced with seedlings that will eventually grow into mature trees. We source our packaging as locally as possible and currently work with manufacturers in the UK and Denmark. All of our packaging is recyclable.

We want to make positive, sustainable products accessible, which is why we keep our prices as low as possible.

As we grow our core values of transparency, ethical and sustainable practice will stay the same.

 

If you think we could be doing better or have any suggestions / questions / comments we would love to hear from you – Please get in touch at info@barjewellery.com.

 

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